FBI Defends Social Media Monitoring Plans
SOCIAL NETWORKING—U.S.February 15, 2012
The Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) says its proposed plans to monitor data posted on social media sites and blogs will be fully examined by the agency's Privacy and Civil Liberties Unit, Computerworld reports. The FBI says the monitoring will help it detect credible threats in real time and will focus on key words rather than individuals or specific groups. In a statement, the FBI wrote, "Although the FBI has always adapted to meet changes in technology, the rule of law, civil liberties and civil rights will remain our guiding principle." The Electronic Privacy Information Center has already raised privacy concerns about a similar program planned by the Department of Homeland Security.