Total Information Awareness returns: HHS wants full access to all your social media posts

HHS wants to search your social media. Every tweet. Every Facebook like. Every Instagram picture. For the past 5 years.

Remember Total Information Awareness? That was nothing compared to this.

The Department of Health and Human Services wants full access to all of your social media data to monitor public health issues. Not only do they want current data, the creeps want to be able to go back five years.

Uh huh. “Public health issues.” Riiiight. Like people complaining about Obamacare. That’s their idea of a “public health issue.”

HHS provides a long list of requirements, including “access to real-time social media posts,” and “access to full Twitter firehose.”

The agency requires an archive that goes back at least five years of “full Twitter historical data.” The government will also need “access to multiple account log-ins,” “real-time alerting,” the “ability to construct lengthy Boolean searches,” and a function that can filter search results based on the location of a Twitter user.

Geotagging and real-time search. So they know where to send the storm troopers.

For our own good, of course.

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