Monday, February 11, 2013

'Google for spies' software mines social networks to track users' movements and could even predict what you'll do next

New software which mines data from social networks to track people's movements and even predict future behaviour poses a 'very real threat to personal freedom', civil rights groups warned today.

Multinational defence contractor Raytheon has developed the 'extreme-scale analytics' software which can sift through vast quantities of data from services like Facebook, Twitter and Google.

Critics have already dubbed it a 'Google for spies' and say it is likely to be used by governments as a means of monitoring and tracking people online to detect signs of dissent.