Newly-released information, from the Snowden leaks, detail how NSA gathered data from US Citizens from the social networking front.
According to Rob Williams (Hot HardWare), "...this latest information gives us a clear idea as to the extent that this data can be used and interpreted." An example of this, Williams goes on to say, is that entire maps tying the person to a number of different sources are created from this social networking data: friends, locations, time of activity, traveling companions, etc.
With this unparalleled access to certain information that NSA has, one can imagine how elaborate these charts would be, even more so than your public profile on Facebook. If you posted to Facebook, without embedding your location in the post, Williams posits that this would do nothing to prevent the NSA from gathering it regardless.
A Justice Department memo in 2006, stated that this gathering of information could lead to the potential misuse of this information, therefore to counter, a spokeswoman went on the record to say that any data gathered on US citizens absolutely has to involve foreign intelligence of some sort. Given everything that has been hidden from the public, is this actually a believable statement?
This is not really much of a revelation. Leaks are numerous these days involving data gathering on Americans and foreign folk alike that the surprise element is gone. It would be surprising if a new policy or policies were put into place that definitively prohibit this sort of data gathering in the future, concludes Williams.