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HHS Wants Access To Full Twitter Historical Data

From the Washington Free Beacon:

HHS Seeking Access to ‘Full Twitter Historical Data’

By Elizabeth Harrington | February 19, 2014

The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) is seeking a “social media analytic tool” that will give the government access to “full Twitter historical data,” according to a solicitation released on Tuesday.

The agency is seeking feedback for a “possible future acquisition to provide near real time social media analysis.” HHS said it wants to use the tool for “ongoing monitoring” of public health issues.

HHS provides a long list of requirements, including “access to real-time social media posts,” and “access to full Twitter firehose.”

Why don’t they cut out the middle man and just get this info from NSA?

The agency requires an archive that goes back at least five years of “full Twitter historical data.”

Huh? Even if Twitter might provide some information in an emergency (which I doubt), why would HHS want past tweets from five years ago? What possible good would past twitter comments do in an emergency?

The government will also need “access to multiple account log-ins,” “real-time alerting,” the “ability to construct lengthy Boolean searches,” and a function that can filter search results based on the location of a Twitter user…

That sure would be handy. To be able to pinpoint the location of some untoward Twitter user. You can see why HHS would want that.

HHS said it would use the social media tool for public health concerns and emergencies such as Superstorm Sandy. “In the midst of an event we want to know when hospitals and/or nursing homes are evacuating patients,” HHS said under “scenarios of how we would utilize this tool.” …

Because there is no other way to find out this kind of information. And because whenever there is an emergency, hospitals all flock to twitter to give updates.

The Office of the Secretary of HHS filed the solicitation, arguing that social media monitoring is necessary since the agency is responsible for ensuring “preparedness” for public health threats and emergencies.

Within HHS, the Office of Emergency Management (OEM) is responsible for coordinating the department’s “operational response to acts of terrorism and other public health and medical threats and emergencies.” …

Maybe we are getting cynical, but we suspect the Obama administration wants this in order to search for any online comments from the next serial shooter or ‘domestic terrorist.’ To see if they ever posted a conservative comment or listened to talk radio.

This article was posted by Steve Gilbert on Thursday, February 20th, 2014. Comments are currently closed.

3 Responses to “HHS Wants Access To Full Twitter Historical Data”

  1. Right of the People

    When did the HHS become part of the NSA?

    I don’t use Twitter or Facebook or any of those other “social media” thangs but there is no f**king way the any agency of the gubmint needs access to any of this data. The O-hole and his minions are trying their damnest to recreate the old Soviet Union.

    This is not the country I grew up in!

    • canary

      I guess they hired too many health care site workers.

      If they can manage people’s personal health, they probably consider spying on people’s twitters to be easier.

      Strange is Twitter gaining a new European partner who wanted advertisers to know they were concerned about security after the NSA was caught.

      So, perhaps it’s to learn businesses that advertise on twitter information to and share with the Democrats rich so they know how to play the stock markets.

      I can’t see where it’s legal based on the grounds they are requesting, and it’s very bold to request a response to their request within 5 days.

  2. AT&T: “Reach Out and Touch Someone”
    NSA: “Okay”




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