Media reports this morning have revealed that the federal government is building an expansive Social Media Monitoring system to collect, store, and analyze what Canadians say on social media platforms such as Facebook and Twitter.
The report in Motherboard suggests this system will feature “real-time monitoring and analysis of social media content including Twitter, Facebook, blogs, chatrooms, message boards, social networks and video and image sharing websites”. Responding to the news, OpenMedia.ca communications managerDavid Christopher said:
“When people post on Facebook they believe they’re sharing with their family and friends. They certainly don’t want everything they say to be tracked, stored, and analyzed by faceless government bureaucrats in Ottawa.”
Christopher continued: “Once again we see the government wasting huge amounts of taxpayer money to place law-abiding Canadians under the microscope. It’s no wonder so many people from across the political spectrum are calling for action to address our deeply worrying privacy deficit.”