Big Brother on a budget: How Internet surveillance got so cheap | Ars Technica

With the ability to store data over long periods, companies and governments with smaller budgets could not only track what’s going on in social media, but reconstruct the communications between people over a period of months or even years, all with a single query.

“The danger here,” Electronic Frontier Foundation Technology Projects Director Peter Eckersley told Ars, “is that these technologies, which were initially developed for the purpose of finding malware, will end up being repurposed as commercial surveillance technology. You start out checking for malware, but you end up tracking people.”

via Big Brother on a budget: How Internet surveillance got so cheap | Ars Technica.

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