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DHS Reviews Social Media Guidelines

Thursday, November 3, 2011 16:06
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The wave of uprisings across North Africa and the Middle East that have overturned three governments in the past year have prompted the U.S. government to begin developing guidelines for culling intelligence from social media networks, a top Homeland Security official said Monday. Department of Homeland Security Undersecretary Caryn Wagner said the use of such technology in uprisings that started in December in Tunisia shocked some officials into attention and prompted questions of whether the U.S. needs to do a better job of monitoring domestic social networking activity. Wagner said the department is establishing guidelines on gleaning information from social networking sites. Wagner says those protocols are being developed under strict laws meant to prevent spying on U.S. citizens and protect privacy.

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