Spying takes place everywhere. It happens in hotels, on street corners, in libraries, in newsrooms, in universities and on social media. Yes, social media.
Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn are populated with hundreds of millions of users. Not surprisingly, many of these are spies working on behalf of governments and other organizations, including terrorist organizations. Think about what this type of spying can accomplish. Spies can learn about interests, relationships, travel, networks, relationships and more, much more.
In fact, Facebook, MySpace, Twitter, Microsoft and other companies have policies and procedures in place to address law enforcement “spying” on their users. Of course, the serves a purpose when really bad people who want to hurt others need to be uncovered, but this is undoubtedly a slippery slope.