Turns Out The Government Has Been Monitoring Our Social Networks Too

Since 2010, the National Security Administration has examined U.S. citizens’ social networking accounts, according to The New York Times.

General Keith Alexander, director of the National Security Administration and commander of the U.S. Cyber Command, in Washington, D.C., Wednesday. Alex Wong / Getty Images

The National Security Administration has been monitoring Americans’ social networking sites to determine their social connections, relationships and locations since 2010. According to The New York TImes, the practice was used “to help the agency ‘discover and track’ connections between intelligence targets overseas and people in the United States.” The N.S.A. refused to disclose how many citizens have been monitored through social networks, and documents obtained by Times don’t include any mention of restrictions placed on the use of the data.

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