Feds on Your Friends List

The Huffington Post


So far, however, agencies won't even allow the discussion to begin. "Although the Federal Government clearly uses social-networking websites to collect information, often for laudable reasons, it has not clarified the scope of its use of social networking websites or disclosed what restrictions and oversight is in place to prevent abuse," says a law suit filed earlier this month by EFF and the Samuelson Clinic at the University of California, Berkeley. The suit is filed against a half-dozen government agencies for refusing to respond to a Freedom of Information Act request asking for agency policies that apply when using social networking sites for investigations, data-collection, and surveillance.