Software that tracks people on social media created by defence firm

“Its innovative privacy features are the most robust that we’re aware of, enabling the sharing and analysis of data without personally identifiable information [such as social security numbers, bank or other financial account information] being disclosed.”

A multinational security firm secretly developed software that is capable of  tracking individuals movements and even possibly predicting future behavior. It does this by taking data from social media sites such as FaceBook, Twitter and FourSquare. The softwares name is Rapid Information Overlay Technology (RIOT) and the company that created it, Raytheon, states that this software has not been sold to anybody yet. The software has been designed to help the government build a national security system that can analyze “trillions of identities” that exist online.  The articles claims that Riot can be used to gain a snapshot of a person’s life.

Obviously this software is going to peak the interest of those in charge of national security, but is it trumping on our online privacy and civil liberties? Personally, I believe that you are responsible for anything you post online, and should be aware that anyone, at anytime, can potentially access everything you post.

I guess that’s what it really comes down to, do I think this is a little excessive for the government to have at their disposal? Yes. But, at the same time.. be careful what you post. IF you don’t want someone o see something, you probably shouldn’t post the information because once it’s on the internet it’s fair game.


Read full article and view Riot demonstration video HERE.


Posted by: Tiffany Calkins


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