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FBI Monitoring Internet Usage

If you haven’t heard the recent news about the FBI monitoring internet usage – they plan on incorporating new ways of retrieving data from social networks like Facebook, Twitter, and Myspace. There are many reasons as to why the FBI is doing this, why some of their motives are questionable mainly in respect to our basic freedom of privacy, and how they plan on going about this.

Why is the FBI Monitoring Internet Usage?

There are many reasons explaining the FBI monitoring internet usage. Often a lot of people who have committed a crime have bragged about it via the internet, often through social mediums like Facebook, Twitter, or Myspace. Another example is bad groups or actors who have committed a crime and are easily found on social networks. The FBI wish to trace these suspect’s daily movements, vulnerabilities, limitations, and possible adverse actions that are taken.

They also want to monitor criminal groups by creating “pattern-of-life-matrices” for monitoring there daily routines and actions. This will allow the FBI a lot of lee-way for scanning and watching for groups and actions they take online.

How the FBI Plans on Doing This

FBI monitoring internet usage is essential to stopping criminals and one of the numerous ways they plan on doing this is by creating a special app. The app will be designed for primarily scanning over social mediums and networks. Some of the features it will include are –

  1. An automatic search for targeted keywords specified by the FBI SIOC (Strategic Information & Operations) through source news sites related to breaking news, crisis, and threats.
  2. An automated search in national news, local news, and social networks for selected parameters and key word requirements. So if they wanted to look up information about the Madonna Stalker – Robert Hoskins (even though he was just found Feb. 10th of this year), all the FBI would have to do is type in a combination of Madonna, Robert Hoskins, or names of incidences revolving around the stalking.
  3. A system for collecting and filtering the data.
  4. The ability to search all public forums and social aspects related to social networks and mediums like Facebook, Myspace, and Twitter.

Our Privacy Rights

In response to FBI monitoring internet usage in the case of criminals, there are still privacy advocates out there whose main goal is to help keep data from people like you and me from being used wrongly and publicized. These advocates are mainly against the idea of FBI monitoring internet usage in conjunction with social mediums like Facebook, Myspace, and Twitter due to it having the ability to save and store data for long periods of time. But as long as they are only allowed to scan publicly available posts and topics, and are in agreement with the staff and operators of the social networks themselves, ideally there shouldn’t be much concern revolving around this issue.

Final Thoughts

If you have any questions or thoughts about the FBI monitoring internet usage, all comments are appreciated.


Street Talk

This articles has the perspective that they plan to do these things? Thats funny and naive..they started the day the internet was born.

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  about 5 years ago

Hey Christian, thanks for the comment. I actually knew about FBI monitoring internet usage before I published this. There's even a group I'm following on Facebook and other places that consist of intelligent individuals and hackers who wish to overthrow corrupt governments. They replied on something saying that the FBI have already been doing this for a while. The thing about now though is they are making it public and wish to incorporate more stronger methods of monitoring social mediums. I think in the end, this will teach most people to stay away from the internet or at least stay "Anonymous" in doing so. Hopefully it'll be leveraged solely for catching criminals and not as so much questioning our privacy rights.

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  about 5 years ago

It is a little disturbing to think about government agents poking around our tweets and likes, but I'm not surprised. I don't think anyone would have an expectation of privacy regarding stuff they post on the Internet.

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  about 5 years ago

Yes, that's why it's really important to not put your personal information on the internet. My mom was actually just telling me that the mayor in Illinois posted something inappropriate on Facebook about a kid doing something stupid involving a train and a broken leg. I'm sure you can read about it online somewhere if you search for it. But the point being is, as long as they don't violate our privacy rights and get permission from authorities at major social mediums and websites to do this, they'll be able to do this. The main thing they'd be doing anyway should only consist of certain "keywords or parameters". Otherwise, it's all here say.

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  about 5 years ago
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