New FBI Plans for Social Media Surveillance Already Raising Significant Privacy Concerns

At a time when the general population in the U.S. is more aware than ever before of privacy issues raised by social media usage, the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) appears ready and willing to ramp up its social media surveillance activities. According to a new request for proposal (RFP) that the FBI distributed in early July, the goal is to develop an “early alerting tool” that would enable the FBI to “proactively identify and reactively monitor” persons of interest or suspects in ongoing cases.

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