Social Media Monitoring Continues to Concern Civil Rights Groups

Editor’s Note: See, The Regulation of the Social Media?

From: Government Technology

Using machines to translate text and its meaning has been a point of contention among rights groups, social media companies and law enforcement.



The Department of Homeland Security last week issued a notice in the Federal Register that confirmed the federal government has been collecting “social media handles, aliases, associated identifiable information and search results” on immigrants — including permanent U.S. residents and naturalized citizens — since 2012, a program that was expanded in 2015.

A new federal rule that took effect last week may lead to an increase in both scope and frequency of this data collection, lawyers said. It also revealed for the first time that the government intends to store that information indefinitely.

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