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DHS Says Monitoring Complies with Federal Law

SOCIAL NETWORKING—U.S.

November 14, 2012

The recent U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) compliance review says that pilot programs that monitor social networks for suspicious activity continue to be “in compliance with the privacy requirements identified in the January 2011 PIA Update and the February 2011 SORN (Privacy Act System of Records Act Notice).” However, GSN: Government Security News reports that the Electronic Privacy Information Center says it will continue efforts to stop the programs, noting the DHS review “found that the DHS social media monitoring program complied with the DHS's own privacy requirements.” The DHS says this monitoring helps it get a broader view on reports of events that may affect homeland security.
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