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Reps Question DHS on Social Monitoring

ONLINE PRIVACY—U.S.

February 17, 2012

Members of the U.S. House of Representatives Homeland Security Committee's intelligence subcommittee are concerned that a Department of Homeland Security (DHS) practice of monitoring social media could lead to abuse, reports PCWorld. Spurred by a lawsuit undertaken by the Electronic Privacy Information Center, the DHS released details about the program last month--which DHS CPO Mary Ellen Callahan, CIPP/US, says is used for threat reports but mostly for natural disasters. Rep. Bennie Thompson (D-MS), however, opined, "The public must be confident that interacting with DHS, a website, a blog or Facebook will not result in surveillance or a compromise of constitutionally protected rights."
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