EPIC's Spotlight on Surveillance: Social Media Monitoring

In 2011, EPIC uncovered the first government program to monitor social media. EPIC v. DHS revealed that a government agency was tracking posts on social media to identify critics of government. Today EPIC released a new report on the recent developments in government media monitoring. The report follows a case filed by EPIC this week concerning a new DHS program for "Media Monitoring Services." The report explores different media monitoring systems and points to the absence of effective controls. EPIC's Spotlight on Surveillance also highlights the privacy and civil liberties risks, including chilling free speech, discrimination, unreliability, and misattribution. EPIC's Spotlight on Surveillance project explores the privacy and civil liberties implications of surveillance programs in the United States. EPIC has previously released reports on drones, the FBI's Next Generation Identification program, and "enhanced" driver's licenses.


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