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DHS Looking Into Using Twitter as ‘Intelligence Tool’

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The Department of Homeland Security is working to use Twitter as an intelligence tool and is currently developing guidelines for monitoring social media networks, according to a Politico report.

DHS Undersecretary Caryn Wagner recently said the department is currently establishing guidelines to use social networking websites for law enforcement purposes, while keeping in mind current privacy protection laws.

“We’re still trying to figure out how you use things like Twitter as a source,” said Wagner. “How do you establish trends and how do you then capture that in an intelligence product?”

The department currently uses social networking websites to as one of many “open sources” when researching information on a certain topic.

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