30/09/2021

The Register

MoD data strategy advocates spying on UK citizens' social media

In a document intended to discuss making better use of information already sitting inside departmental silos, the MoD has British armed forces should spy on social media and report dissenters to local councils. The MoD's Data Strategy for Defence document explains that the military ought to be conducting "Automated scanning of social media platforms" to detect "change in population sentiment." It goes on to say, "Decision making is enhanced by local surveillance of groups of interest," and that spying on citizens' Facebook will help "local authorities" impose "heightened readiness measures".

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