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At a Congressional hearing this morning that veered into contentious arguments and cringe-worthy moments, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) spilled the beans on their social media monitoring project.
DHS Chief Privacy Office Mary Ellen Callahan and Director of Operations Coordination and Planning Richard Chavez appeared to be deliberately stonewalling Congress on the depth, ubiquity, goals, and technical capabilities of the agency’s social media surveillance. At other times, they appeared to be themselves unsure about their own project’s ultimate goals and uses. But one thing is for sure: If you’re the first person to tweet about a news story, or if you’re a community activist who makes public Facebook posts—DHS will have your personal information.

 Department Of Homeland Security Tells Congress Why It’s Monitoring Facebook, Twitter, Blogs

At a Congressional hearing this morning that veered into contentious arguments and cringe-worthy moments, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) spilled the beans on their social media monitoring project.

DHS Chief Privacy Office Mary Ellen Callahan and Director of Operations Coordination and Planning Richard Chavez appeared to be deliberately stonewalling Congress on the depth, ubiquity, goals, and technical capabilities of the agency’s social media surveillance. At other times, they appeared to be themselves unsure about their own project’s ultimate goals and uses. But one thing is for sure: If you’re the first person to tweet about a news story, or if you’re a community activist who makes public Facebook posts—DHS will have your personal information.

Department Of Homeland Security Tells Congress Why It’s Monitoring Facebook, Twitter, Blogs

Privacy has been a hot topic lately with the recent discovery that your iPhone and iPad can track your every move. Artist Martin Backes has come up with a surveillance chic solution for the fashion-conscious paranoiac. Enjoy!

Do you lie awake at night, dreading that your kisser will show up on  some stranger’s screen in the background of a Google Street View image?  Then you need therapy. But if you can’t afford that, Martin Backes has  designed some conceptual fashion headwear to assuage your paranoia. "Pixelhead" is a full-coverage mask decorated in pixelated colors, so that if you  do get caught by Google Street View’s cameras, your privacy is assured.  Your outrageous headwear will likely become viral meme-fodder all the  same, but that’s beside the point. Continued…

Privacy has been a hot topic lately with the recent discovery that your iPhone and iPad can track your every move. Artist Martin Backes has come up with a surveillance chic solution for the fashion-conscious paranoiac. Enjoy!

Do you lie awake at night, dreading that your kisser will show up on some stranger’s screen in the background of a Google Street View image? Then you need therapy. But if you can’t afford that, Martin Backes has designed some conceptual fashion headwear to assuage your paranoia. "Pixelhead" is a full-coverage mask decorated in pixelated colors, so that if you do get caught by Google Street View’s cameras, your privacy is assured. Your outrageous headwear will likely become viral meme-fodder all the same, but that’s beside the point. Continued…


You can’t download an app these days without it asking for your location—and not just on check-in services like Foursquare and Gowalla. Google Maps, Instagram, Twitter,  Square, MenuPages, Shazam—they all want to know exactly where you are  whenever you’re using the app. Heck, services like Google Latitude won’t  even let you decline to share your location—it’ll just put you through  an endless cycle of notifications, almost demanding you to accept its  terms.
Perhaps that’s why location sharing has become such a huge concern for  users, who worry they’re giving out too much data via their GPS-enabled  smartphones. According to a report out today by Nielsen, a whopping 59% of females and 52% of males have privacy concerns when it comes to location-based services.

Will marketers ever be able to earn our trust?

You can’t download an app these days without it asking for your location—and not just on check-in services like Foursquare and Gowalla. Google Maps, Instagram, Twitter, Square, MenuPages, Shazam—they all want to know exactly where you are whenever you’re using the app. Heck, services like Google Latitude won’t even let you decline to share your location—it’ll just put you through an endless cycle of notifications, almost demanding you to accept its terms.

Perhaps that’s why location sharing has become such a huge concern for users, who worry they’re giving out too much data via their GPS-enabled smartphones. According to a report out today by Nielsen, a whopping 59% of females and 52% of males have privacy concerns when it comes to location-based services.

Will marketers ever be able to earn our trust?