That’s what our Big Brother government wants you to think.
New Scientist has discovered that Pentagon’s National Security Agency, which specialises in eavesdropping and code-breaking, is funding research into the mass harvesting of the information that people post about themselves on social networks. And it could harness advances in internet technology – specifically the forthcoming “semantic web” championed by the web standards organisation W3C – to combine data from social networking websites with details such as banking, retail and property records, allowing the NSA to build extensive, all-embracing personal profiles of individuals.
This of course, has little to do with their purported goal of finding the Evildoers and instead is another noxious attempt to spy on all of us. No, I don’t trust them to do the right thing with the data – and neither should you.