The CIA’s chief technology officer, Gus Hunt, has revealed the agency’s plan to collect and keep data forever.
He admitted that the CIA are attempting to gather as much information as it can on the American public and hold it for future analysis, including; text messages, tweets, Facebook activity and videos.
Speaking at the ‘GigaOM Structure: Data’ conference he said that the CIA have been working on new algorithms that will allow them to closely examine public trends.
“Technology in this world is moving faster than government or law can keep up. It’s moving faster, I would argue, than you can keep up. You should be asking the question of what are your rights and who owns your data.
“The value of any piece of technology is only known when you can connect it with something else that arrives at a future point in time. Since you can’t connect dots you don’t have … we fundamentally try to collect everything and hang on to it forever.
“You are aware of the fact that somebody can know where you are at all times, because you carry a mobile device, even if that mobile device is turned off. You’re already a walking sensor platform – you know this, I hope? Yes? Well, you should.”