Surprising Things the U.S. Government Knows About You

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Many of us bemoan our preoccupation with social media, reviling it as a time waster or justifying it as a way to keep in touch, a source of inspiration and a font of valuable information.

The Department of Homeland Security agrees with us about that last part, at least. In 2012, in responding to a lawsuit filed by the Electronic Privacy Information Center, the agency copped to searching for keywords while monitoring sites such as Facebook and Twitter for at least 18 months.

Last year, DHS put First Amendment activists on alert by proposing a program to track, monitor, catalog and mine content posted by social media influencers.

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