'Fear of internet surveillance may have "chilling effect" on use of social media'

   Apr 24, 3:35 pm

London, Apr 24(ANI): Fear of the state surveillance of the Internet can have a "chilling effect" on the use of social media such as Facebook and Twitter, a former Whitehall intelligence chief has warned.

An ex-Cabinet Office security and intelligence coordinator and former director of the GCHQ electronic eavesdropping agency, Sir David Omand stressed on the need for monitoring social media.

A think-tank Demos report, which Omand co-authored, called for overhauling the existing laws regulating the interception of communications by police and intelligence agencies.

"Democratic legitimacy demands that where new methods of intelligence gathering and use are to be introduced they should be on a firm legal basis and rest on parliamentary and public understanding of what is involved, even if the operational details of the sources and methods used must sometimes remain secret," the Daily Express quoted, as saying.

According to the report, the intelligence gathered from social media, which it dubbed as "Socmint" could be a vital source of information in identifying criminal activity or providing early warning of disorder.

The report said called for the departmental review of how existing Regulation of Investigatory Powers Act 2000 (Ripa).

The report comes in the wake of a controversy over the UK Government's plans to extend the monitoring of all texts, telephone calls, emails and internet traffic in the UK. (ANI)

Traditional media skips half the news `trending` on `Twitter` Aug 1, 2:51 pm
Washington DC, Aug 1 (ANI): While we love to read the popular and spunky news on Twitter, it turns out that traditional media sources don't even cover half of it.
Full Story
Facebook's solar powered plane Aquila to provide internet to remote places Jul 31, 4:36 pm
Washington D C, July 31 (ANI): Facebook has introduced Aquila, an internet drone, which uses laser technology to deliver internet to the developing world from the sky.
Full Story
Microsoft unveils Office Mobile apps for Windows 10 Jul 31, 4:36 pm
Washington DC, July 31 (ANI): Microsoft has released its new Office Mobile apps for Windows tablets that are running on Windows 10.
Full Story
Twitter releases new Windows 10 app with live tiles support Jul 31, 3:21 pm
Amsterdam, July 31 (ANI): Twitter has launched an app for the Windows 10 operating system.
Full Story
Comments

LATEST STORIES
TOP VIDEO STORIES
PHOTO GALLERY