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The Government Is Expanding Its Social Media Surveillance Capabilities

The Government Is Expanding Its Social Media Surveillance Capabilities

Tim Lau

Federal government agencies such as the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) have dramatically expanded their social media monitoring programs in recent years, collecting a vast amount of user information in the process — including political and religious views, data about physical and mental health, and the identity of family and friends. DHS increasingly uses this information for vetting and analysis, including for individuals seeking to enter the United States and for both U.S. and international travelers.