Homeland Security Spying On Social Networks

Documents uncovered by the Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) show that the Department of Homeland Security is using social networking sites for spying.

According to the documents obtained by the EFF the US government set up a social networking spying group to judge if those applying for citizenship were legitimate in their aims. A "Social Networking Monitoring Center" was set up to exploit this source of information.

"Narcissistic tendencies in many people fuels a need to have a large group of "friends" link to their pages and many of these people accept cyber-friends that they don't even know," the government states.

"This provides an excellent vantage point for FDNS to observe the daily life of beneficiaries and petitioners who are suspected of fraudulent activities."

In addition government employees are encouraged to try an extend social networks t catch other who may be trying to game citizenship laws.

"The memo makes several assumptions about social networking users that are not necessarily grounded in truth and reveal the author's lack of understanding of the ways people use social networking sites.

"First the memo engages in armchair psychology by assuming a large friend network indicates "narcissistic tendencies." Second, and perhaps more disturbing, the memo assumes a user's online profile always accurately reflects her offline life."

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