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FBI proposal outlines plans for large scale collection of social media data

A new report by the Wall Street Journal indicates that plans by the US Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) to increase its monitoring of social media platforms in order to better anticipate and detect threats, may conflict with the privacy policies of Facebook and “possibly its attempts to comply with a record $5 billion settlement with the US government reached last month.”

The FBI is looking into ways of harvesting publicly available information from Facebook, Twitter and other social media via third-party solutions. The harvested data would be combined with data the FBI already has access to in order “to proactively identify and reactively monitor threats to the United States and its interests.”

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