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German Intelligence Agency Planning To Follow Big NSA Brother On Shoestring 80

Posted by timothy
from the ironie-und-sarcasmus dept.
An anonymous reader, tongue in cheek, writes"Facebook, Twitter, et al are tools for terrorists planning to do whatever terrorists do, Germany's BND has discovered. Inevitably, real-time monitoring of these sites is necessary and urgently required [original, in German], not least because that Snowden chap has shown we're running behind the U.S. and UK. And Spain. And Italy. In short, it's a national emergency — 300 million euros, presto please — and if we do this smartly, we could even get a sense of what the population outside Germany thinks. And while we're at it, why not throw in automated enemy face recognition too — and biometry and-and a program to deform the faces of our own spies' selfies, so the enemy cannot google them. Time to invest in national security startups."
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German Intelligence Agency Planning To Follow Big NSA Brother On Shoestring

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  • by MRe_nl (306212) on Saturday May 31, 2014 @05:56AM (#47134955)

    Terry Gilliam, George Orwell, Aldous Huxley, Karl Marx, Philip K. Dick, Isaac Asimov, Larry Niven?

  • by Flytrap (939609) on Saturday May 31, 2014 @06:29AM (#47135003)

    Facebook, Twitter, et al are tools for terrorists planning to do whatever terrorists do

    Sounds eerily like the same thing that dictators have been saying for years when citizens organise themselves on social networks like Facebook and Twitter.

    Heck, it was just two short years ago that we were hailing the ability for the common folk in Arab countries to organise themselves on social networks like Facebook and Twitter, outside the watchful eye of state agencies, and plot the often violent overthrow of an unpopular government.

    Surely if organising violent protest action on social networks was good for the Arab Spring, it should be good for the European Spring

    So... what has changed... have the roosters come home to roost!?

  • by king neckbeard (1801738) on Saturday May 31, 2014 @06:32AM (#47135009)
    If you are going to make the claim that terrorism happens on facebook and twitter, how about showing posts that this happens, because I have a hard time believing that anyone but the most incompetent terrorists would do so, and we can catch incompetent terrorists without sacrificing civil liberties.

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