Thursday, June 22, 2006

my(?)space- NSA looks at social networking sites-

There has been a few articles lately Here, and here on the monitoring of social networking sites like myspace and facebook.

Of course, the NSA says it's all in the name of protecting the American people. American people, however, are going to have to decide just how far they are willing to let this administration and their tentacles go. Undoubtedly, it would be a major blow to civil libertarians if the government could point to a single case of protection/prevention that came from the monitoring of phone calls/emails/web use/social networking. I suspect we won't see anything like that for awhile though. Perhaps it's because I don't think monitoring (especially of sites like myspace) is useful (what terrorist in his right mind would use such a site?), but also it's a suspicion that what the government really wants is as much information about all Americans as it can possibly obtain- legally or otherwise.

Pulled from the ZDNET article:

"I'll do you one better. I believe that computer facial matching software will soon advance to the point where photos stored on NSA computers of terrorist suspects could then be mapped for similarities to photos on MySpace and other social networking sites."

Now that might actually be a reason for this type of monitoring- photos of terrorists on potentially innocent people's profiles. I'm just not sure what I think of big brother going this far. There is a growing list of reasons not to participate in social networking sites- searches by potential employers, graduate schools, and sexual predators to name a few. Add the NSA to that list.


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