We were promised a transparent government; a pledge to protect our privacy on the Internet. I’m skeptic by nature but kept my fingers crossed on this one.
Should have known better. The White House is collecting and storing our social media data on their networking sites … behind our backs.
The White House says it’s required to gather our data by the Presidential Records Act. That’s not so. Data intake is for “official correspondence” only.
Where is the justification to hire a private contractor to “crawl and archive” comments, tags, graphics, audio and video of private citizens without our knowledge or consent?
What if we say something critical? I believe it’s not if, but when this will be used against us. Here’s something else that makes me suspicious. White House, spokesman, Nicholas Shapiro refused to tell when this practice started or how much the contract cost. So much for “open and transparent.”
Let’s face it. When could we ever trust the government? If the White House has nothing to hide, why all the secrecy? The government has a data collection agency, why hire a private one? Why can’t we know the cost, we’re paying the bill? What’s going on?
May Your Glass Always Be Half Full
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