Is the Government Spying on me Through Facebook?

A USA Today article from this past week stated that the NSA uses information from Facebook to track the social ties of some users.

The NSA (National Security Agency) is one of the largest U.S. intelligence agencies, and they have recently come under fire after it was revealed that they have been monitoring phone calls and other potentially sensitive information of U.S. citizens. The revelation that Facebook is included in the list of things monitored by the NSA seems to be somewhat troubling to many people.

I personally feel like I have nothing to hide, so the fact that the NSA might potentially be monitoring me is not an issue; however, I also completely understand the argument that the government secretly spying on its citizens is a major trust issue.

In todays world it’s very easy to find information about people through Facebook. I don’t think the issue is that the government is getting information about people, but rather the issue is that the government is going behind the backs of its citizens and secretly obtaining this information. I think that if they were more honest about their actions from the beginning, then people would be less upset. This is just another example of how easily accessible personal information is today in the age of social media. See the link for the full details from USA Today:

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2 Responses to Is the Government Spying on me Through Facebook?

  1. this is such an interesting article. This is definitely where the information gathered from social media is going… but we all could have guessed that. After all, facebook and marketers use our online traffic as data. I’m not opposed to this method. It is interesting to think about though.

  2. This reminds me of an article posted a couple of weeks ago on the blog about financial institutions using social networking data to determine your credit worthiness. It really makes you think whether you should be more selective when accepting friendships through social media.

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