Wednesday, December 02, 2009

Lawsuit Demands Answers About Social-Networking Surveillance

Also see: "NSA to Build Secretive Data Center in Utah (Shhh - it's Actually for Surveillance, not 'Cyber-Security' as Widely Reported" | December 02, 2009

San Francisco, CA - The Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF), working with the Samuelson Law, Technology, and Public Policy Clinic at the University of California, Berkeley, School of Law (Samuelson Clinic), filed suit today against a half-dozen government agencies for refusing to disclose their policies for using social networking sites for investigations, data-collection, and surveillance. ...

The Samuelson Clinic made over a dozen Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) requests on behalf of EFF to the Central Intelligence Agency, the Department of Justice, the Department of Homeland Security, and other agencies, asking for information about how the government collects and uses this sensitive information.

"Millions of people use social networking sites like Facebook every day, disclosing lots of information about their private lives," said James Tucker, a student working with EFF through the Samuelson Clinic. ...