Homeland Security “outsources” its social media monitoring spy program
General Dynamics employees responsible for the DHS social media monitoring contract are required to attend a “training course” in DHS privacy practices several times a year, but are not required to under go a background check.
If General Dynamics employees misuse the personal information of journalists, public figures or the general public (to include Twitter or Facebook users) in any way, their punishment is restricted to additional training classes or dismissal from the project.
And they’re still going to look for those keywords:
Special Agent Mikey
Special Agent Kreepy
Special Agent Bunchy Pants
and all that kinda stuff
But it’s all good sez DHS/FBI, as the folks at Capitol Hill ask them questions about what’s going on in the hood.
The Privacy Act prevents government agencies from collecting citizens’ personally identifiable information (PII). But “the documents obtained by EPIC also reveal that there are several exceptions to the ‘no PII’ rule, including allowances for collection of PII of anchors, newscasters, or on-scene reporters who … use traditional and/or social media. This would allow the agency to build files on bloggers and Internet activists.”
Yes, yes, they’re still going to be making sure that everyone speaks only positively about the USofA.
And there are always loopholes to let the Eff Bee Eye stick their intrusive little brown noses into your freedom of thought and expression processes. The FBI and General Dynamics rogues…waiting to pounce.