There Is a Government in Your Social Networking

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Sure, why not—they’ve been in your telephone and (snail) mail for decades already. The next step was inevitable:

U.S. law enforcement agents are following the rest of the Internet world into popular social-networking services, going undercover with false online profiles to communicate with suspects and gather private information, according to an internal Justice Department document that offers a tantalizing glimpse of issues related to privacy and crime-fighting.

This kind of thing goes hand in hand with the government’s desire for companies to be forced to keep several years of records about every user: IP addresses, email, tweets, IMs, FB updates, etc.

11:26 am on March 16, 2010