Sep 162013
 September 16, 2013  Posted by  Online, Surveillance, U.S.

Nate Anderson reports:

Recent leaks about the NSA’s Internet spy programs have sparked renewed interest in government surveillance, though the leaks touch largely on a single form of such surveillance—the covert one. But so-called “open source intelligence” (OSINT) is also big business— and not just at the national/international level. New tools now mine everything from “the deep Web” to Facebook posts to tweets so that cops and corporations can see what locals are saying. Due to the sheer scale of social media posts, many tools don’t even aim at providing a complete picture. Others do.

For instance, consider BlueJay, the “Law Enforcement Twitter Crime Scanner,” which provides real-time, geo-fenced access to every single public tweet so that local police can keep tabs on #gunfire, #meth, and #protest (yes, those are real examples) in their communities. BlueJay is the product of BrightPlanet, whose tagline is “Deep Web Intelligence” and whose board is populated with people likeAdmiral John Poindexter of Total Information Awareness infamy.

Read more on Ars Technica.

  One Response to “How the cops watch your tweets in real-time”

  1. So much for the 4th amendment, fishing expeditions are legal now outside of the NSA. This is no doubt a result from all the idiots watching american idol and other low quality mass manufactured crap.

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