I’ve harped on this several times, but here’s more proof: Avoid Social Network Sites As If They Had Highly Contagious Aids
That’s not the real title of the article, but should be. Homeland Security is monitoring Facebook and other social networking sites to monitor your behavior.
The Electronic Frontier Foundation recently got its hands on a DHS document titled “Social Networking Sites and Their Importance to FDNS” (PDF) as part of its work on social network surveillance. The document generally details how social networks function and provides a list of popular sites that people around the world like to use, including Facebook, Badoo, Imeem, MySpace, Windows Live Spaces, and others.
However, the document also highlights to agents the importance of amassing a lengthy friend list to many social network users, and how they can take advantage of it. “Narcissistic tendencies in many people fuels a need to have a large group of ‘friends’ link to their pages and many of these people accept cyber-friends that they don’t even know,” reads the document. “This provides an excellent vantage point for FDNS to observe the daily life of beneficiaries and petitioners who are suspected of fraudulent activities.”
Several times a week, some unknown entity emails me, inviting me to Facebook, or Tweet or some other social networking website — something I’ll never do. The data mining activities that these companies and fatherland security are engaged in are not for our benefit, and nobody should be making this easier for them.