Monday, October 20, 2014

Social Media giants will hand over info about suspected ‘terrorist’ activity


Social media outlets Facebook, Twitter and YouTube will be asked by the UK government to automatically hand over information about suspected extremists who use their online services.

Tech giants Google and Microsoft will take part in government talks where senior policy advisors are expected to request outlets routinely turn over information about suspected online terrorist activity.
The government will propose that social networks are obliged to hand over any data relating to suspected extremist posts. The data will include IP addresses, emails and names of alleged extremists.
These talks could mark a change in policy for both the government and the tech companies. At present the social networks censor any posts which openly incite violence. They also remove users which purport to be members of any extremist organizations at their own discretion.
Social networks are not currently obliged to feed such information to the government without an official request. Senior policy makers wish to bypass the request system, allowing the information to be automatically stored in a government database.
The talks come after the Director General of the National Crime Agency (NCA), Keith Bristow, warned that some of the greatest threats to UK security originate online.