DHS scoured social media sites during Obama inauguration for ‘items of interest’


Jaikumar Vijayan
Computerworld
October 14, 2010

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An electronic rights advocacy group is expressing concern over what it contends was an overly broad surveillance of social networking sites conducted by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security in the days leading up to the 2009 inauguration of President Barack Obama.

The Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) recently obtained documents pertaining to the DHS’s monitoring of social networking sites through a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) lawsuit.

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The documents show that the DHS established a unit called the Social Network Monitoring Center (SNMC) last year to scour social sites for signs of potential security threats during the presidential inauguration.

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