Do You Favor DHS Scanning Social Media As Part of Its Intelligence Gathering Process?

Some of you may not be aware that the Department of Homeland Security, DHS, funds and co-operates with the host states a total of 11 fusion centers across the United States. Fusion centers are data mining facilities supported by advanced computer and infrastructure technologies. They function as intelligence collection, aggregation and distribution points for the national network.

Recently, there’s been discussion at the Congressional level to assess, or more appropriately, attempt to dimension what restrictions if any should be placed on the mining of social media data.

With the existing technology available to the DHS, posts and tweets can be scanned. DHS, for example, could measure public sentiment on specific policies. That same degree of granularity can be correlated to a specific individual.

What’s your view?

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