Wednesday, September 2, 2009

Obamas secret plan




Update here Yes it is TRUE!

I guess it will not be a secret much longer...

Obama White House Has Secret Plan To Harvest Personal Data From Social Networking Websites

White House photoNLPC has uncovered a plan by the White House New Media operation to hire a technology vendor to conduct a massive, secret effort to harvest personal information on millions of Americans from social networking websites.

The information to be captured includes comments, tag lines, emails, audio, and video. The targeted sites include Facebook, Twitter, MySpace, YouTube, Flickr and others – any space where the White House “maintains a presence.”

In the course of investigating procurement by the White House New Media office, NLPC discovered a 51-page solicitation of bids that was filed on Friday, August 21, 2009. Filed as Solicitation # WHO-S-09-0003, it is posted at FedBizzOps.com. Click here to download a 51-page pdf of the solicitation.

While the solicitation specifies a 12-month contract, it allows for seven one-year extensions. It specifies no dollar cap. Other troubling issues include:

extremely broad secrecy terms preventing the vendor from disclosing to the public or the media what information is being captured and archived (page 7, “Restriction Against Disclosure”)

wholesale capturing of comments by non-White House staff on publicly accessible sites

capturing of content of any type (text, graphics, audio, or video)

capturing of comments by both Obama critics and supporters, with no restriction as to how the White House would use the information.

This is the third controversy involving the White House internet operations in less than a month. First, Obama’s New Media operation asked supporters to send information about critics of the White House health care effort to a White House email. This provoked a storm of criticism and the White House retreated. Then large number of people complained of getting email spam from the White House supporting the President’s health care position. Again the White House was forced to back down.

Now the same people at the White House are at it again with an ambitious plan to harvest huge amounts of information from the web and specifically social networking sites.

Given the White House’s recent abuse of its New Media operations, this huge, new secretive program is yet another sign that this Administration is at best indifferent to privacy rights and at worst prepared to violate civil liberties for political purposes.

Perhaps anticipating negative reaction to the invasiveness of the plan, a justification is provided in a Q&A. section of the solicitation. Question #9 reads:

The Presidential Records Act does not require the storage or archiving of non-EOP content, as such is there a specific reason as to why the content provided on EOP related websites in the form of comments is included in these archiving procedures?

Answer: The PRA includes in its definition of presidential records content ―received by PRA components and personnel. Out of an abundance of caution, we are treating comments made by non-PRA personnel on sites on which a PRA component has a presence as presidential records, requiring them to be captured or sampled.

Of course, this interpretation of the Presidential Records Act is so expansive that virtually any communication mentioning the president or the Administration could become subject to collection and archiving under the Act. This is not out of an “abundance of caution,” but out of an over-abundance of power. President Obama should make sure that this plan goes no further.

Little wonder he wants to CONTROL the Internet!

Source

http://www.nlpc.org/stories/2009/08/31/obama-white-house-has-secret-plan-harvest-personal-data-social-networking-website

2 comments:

Anonymous said...

just reviewed the RFQ, in addition to your concerns, i noticed that it requires collected info to be EDITABLE by White House personnel! Why? Interesting!

Anonymous said...

I hope that bloggers who write very thought-provoking blogs that make me think about the issues at hand, but REFUSE to allow anonymous comments due to spammers, I hope they read this. THIS is the reason why people would comment if they could anonymously, but you fear spammers will overload your email and you demand some form of ID...which, depending on the type of blog you are posting, makes you look like one of the enemy a "provocoteur", as they say or one of the sheep, because to not allow anonymous comments does one of two things, it either puts the poster at risk or it causes the poster to refuse to comment, thus depriving you of feedback from that which has been crushed under the boot. Isn't that why you post a blog to begin with? To vent and recieve feedback? Yet I cannot risk giving my real feedback with a clear window on EVERY SINGLE KEYSTROKE that I make. Even so, I say fuck surveillance!