US Government Publishing Written Law Allowing Collection of Data From US Citizens’ Social Media

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The Federal Government will be expanding, officially, the Department of Homeland Security’s legal right to collect, monitor, and maintain records on individuals INCLUDING UNITED STATES CITIZENS, including the routine collection of data from social media websites. 

The Federal Government is actually codify their legal right to stalk citizens on social media and keep creepy secret files on them. 

Lets look at this scary selection from the summary of this proposed regulation to take effect October 3, 2016. This is the actual text from the Federal Register:

“In accordance with the Privacy Act of 1974, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) proposes to update and reissue the DHS system of records titled, ‘DHS/U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP)–009 Electronic System for Travel Authorization (ESTA) System of Records’ This system of records allows DHS/CBP to collect and maintain records on nonimmigrant aliens seeking to travel to the United States under the Visa Waiver Program and other persons, including U.S. citizens and lawful permanent residents, whose names are provided to DHS as part of a nonimmigrant alien’s ESTA application or Form I–94W. … DHS/CBP is updating this system of records notice, last published on June 17, 2016, to clarify the category of individuals, expand a routine use, and expand the record source categories to include information collected from publicly available sources, such as social media.” –Federal Register / Vol. 81, No. 171 

Yes this is an immigration security matter but for some reason it explicitly authorizes the use of information gathering against United States Citizens!

Federal Register / Vol. 81, No. 171 

Next we legally abolish freedom!instruction-manual

DEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND SECURITY

Office of the Secretary [Docket No. DHS–2016–0054]

Privacy Act of 1974; Department of Homeland Security, U.S. Customs and Border Protection—009 Electronic System for Travel Authorization System of Records

AGENCY: Privacy Office, Department of Homeland Security.

ACTION: Notice of Privacy Act System of Records.