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FBI seeks to monitor Facebook, oversee mass social media data collection (zdnet.com)
27 points by LinuxBender 11 days ago | hide | past | web | favorite | 2 comments

The article describes FB being stuck between a rock and a hard place. On one hand:

> [The FBI] is planning to aggressively harvest [publicly available] information from Facebook and Twitter [via third-party vendors].

..and on the other:

> ..the nature of the [$5 billion settlement with the US Federal Trade Commission] requires Facebook to prevent mass data gathering without consent -- whether or not the information is public or set to private.

> [FB's policy includes] a ban imposed on developers for "[using] data obtained from us to provide tools that are used for surveillance."

I'm sure an exception can be made (by legal force) to provide a FaceBook Integration platform for all interested parties. The only loser here is the public.

People claim the slippery slope argument when you complain about tech surveillance, but now it is almost a turnkey situation for a government to begin attempting to predict and control a given behaviour at a historically impossible scale.

They can just pick the thing they want to try to monitor and manipulate and most of the data and collection/analysis infrastructure is there waiting.

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