Earlier this month, we reported that an archive of tweets could be held indefinitely by the Library of Congress if they have any “long-term historical interest.” But what about active monitoring of social media by the government? If you think the government is tracking your online movements, keywords in your tweets could be just what turns its eye onto you.
The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) announced its plans to monitor social media sites in the interest of public safety in February 2011. Now, the Electronic Privacy Information Center (EPIC), according to Courthouse News, says DHS could track words like “human to animal,“ ”collapse,“ ”infection,” “outbreak” and “illegal immigrants” using fake accounts.
Fox News reports that EPIC has filed a lawsuit against DHS after a Freedom of Information Act request for documents of communications between DHS and its contractor over the proposed initiative went unanswered. The original request for data was filed in April and EPIC announced it would be suing DHS last week for information.
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