From Sidney Morning Herald – “‘Google for spies’ draws ire from rights groups”

Ryan Gallagher

A multinational security firm has secretly developed software capable of  tracking people’s movements and predicting future behaviour by mining data from  social networking websites.

A video obtained  by the Guardian reveals how an “extreme-scale analytics” system  created by Raytheon, the world’s fifth largest defence contractor, can gather  vast amounts of information about people from websites including Facebook,  Twitter and Foursquare.

Raytheon says it has not sold the software – named Riot, or Rapid Information  Overlay Technology – to any clients. But the Massachusetts-based company has  acknowledged the technology was shared with US government and industry as part  of a joint research and development effort, in 2010, to help build a national  security system capable of analysing “trillions of entities” from  cyberspace.

Read more: http://www.smh.com.au/digital-life/consumer-security/google-for-spies-draws-ire-from-rights-groups-20130211-2e75y.html#ixzz2KiiI9nbP

 

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