Friday, May 31, 2013

Beware: Keywords that may get yourself tracked by US Homeland Security

Every day, we use numerous words on social media network to draw traffic to our blogs and posts.

But unknown to us, everything that we say on social media is being spied upon by the US Department of Homeland Security, reports Mail Online.

Some of the keywords that create suspicion

Recently, the Homeland Security Department has been forced to release a list of keywords and phrases it uses to monitor social networking sites and online media for signs of terrorist or other threats against the U.S. And you will be surprised to know that even if you use an innocent word like 'cloud' or 'incident' or 'facility' - you have raised alarm somewhere you do not know.

How is the weather forecast today? Is there going to be SNOW? Well you asked it and you are being spied upon. However, the Homeland Security Department insist that the practice was aimed not at policing the internet for disparaging remarks about the government and signs of general dissent, but to provide awareness of any potential threats.

There is a long list of such otherwise innocent looking keywords, given here, that make the spies suspicious. But that is not all. A senior Homeland Security official told the Huffington Post that the manual 'is a starting point, not the endgame' in maintaining situational awareness of natural and man-made threats and denied that the government was monitoring signs of dissent.

So be careful using keywords that bring in spies!!

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