NEW SCIENTIST -- June 9 -- "I am continually shocked and appalled at the details people voluntarily post online about themselves," says Jon Callas, chief security officer at PGP, a Silicon Valley-based maker of encryption software. Websites such as MySpace and Friendster are a snoop's dream. The Pentagon's National Security Agency, which specialises in eavesdropping and code-breaking, is funding research into the mass harvesting of the information that people post about themselves on social networks. By adding online social networking data to its phone analyses, the NSA could connect people at deeper levels, through shared activities, such as taking flying lessons.
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