The US Federal Bureau of Investigation is reportedly looking for a spy tool for monitoring social media sites including Facebook and Twitter.
Earlier in the month, the agency published a RFI (request for information) as a part of its search for companies that could help it come up with a new social media monitoring tool for "publicly available" information.
"Social media has become a primary source of intelligence because it has become the premier first response to key events and the primal alert to possible developing situations," the FBI states in the RFI, reported the Guardian.
Apparently, FBI believes that monitoring of these sites in order to gather real time information will significantly beef up the agency's investigative capabilities. However, needless to say, the proposed move by the FBI has already sounded alarm bells among privacy advocated in the country.
Jennifer Lynch of the Electronic Frontier Foundation said: "These tools that mine open source data, and presumably store it for a very long time, do away with that kind of privacy. I worry about the effect of that on free speech in the US", reported The Telegraph.