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Facebook, Twitter and Instagram Share Data with Location-based Social Media Surveillance Startup

Facebook, Twitter and Instagram Share Data with Location-based Social Media Surveillance Startup

October 12, 2016Mohit Kumar
Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, VK, Google's Picasa and Youtube were handing over user data access to a Chicago-based Startup — the developer of a social media monitoring tool — which then sold this data to law enforcement agencies for surveillance purposes, the ACLU disclosed Tuesday. Government records obtained by the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) revealed that the big technology corporations gave "special access" to Geofeedia. Geofeedia is a controversial social media monitoring tool that pulls social media feeds via APIs and other means of access and then makes it searchable and accessible to its clients, who can search by location or keyword to quickly find recently posted and publicly available contents. The company has marketed its services to 500 law enforcement and public safety agencies as a tool to track racial protests in Ferguson, Missouri, involving the 2014 police shooting death of Mike Brown. With the help of a public records request, the
HootSuite technical issue exposed emails of thousands of users

HootSuite technical issue exposed emails of thousands of users

November 12, 2012Mohit Kumar
Social Media Management tool HootSuite today face technical issue and expose email address's of thousands of users. Due of error lots of people receive email reminders with warning that their free 60-day HootSuite Pro trial was about to end, but also included the names and email addresses of other people using the service. Image Source : TNW According to Hootsuite, the incident occurred to under 4000 emails and many of the users who are getting the email spam were not even signed up for HootSuite's Pro trial. In a blog post HootSuite said, " At this time, we are requesting that recipients destroy the messages in order to help us contain the issue. Privacy is a paramount concern for HootSuite and this is in no way a reflection of the respect we have for our users and their privacy ." " Given HootSuite's recent acquisition of Seesmic, we could speculate that the mass of emails could be down to a failed import of user accounts. We have, of course, re
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