The FBI is planning to aggressively harvest information from Facebook and Twitter. Citing the The Wall Street Journal, ZDNet reports that the FBI "has recently sought proposals from third-party vendors for technological solutions able to harvest publicly-available information in bulk from Facebook, Twitter, and other social media outlets." From the report: The law enforcement agency says the data collected will be used "to proactively identify and reactively monitor threats to the United States and its interests." Law enforcement has requested the means to "obtain the full social media profile of persons-of-interest and their affiliation to any organization or groups," to keep track of users based on their neighborhood, and keyword searches, among other tool functions. Vendors have until August 27 to submit their proposals. While the FBI believes that such tools can work in harmony with privacy safeguards and civil liberties, the mass collection of names, photos, and IDs -- when combined with information from other sources -- may do just the opposite.
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