CNET News Video: FBI homes in on new snooping tool: Social media
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CNET News Video: FBI homes in on new snooping tool: Social media

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The FBI is forming a new cyber intelligence and research unit that's able to monitor social media communication. Sumi Das breaks down what you need to know before tweeting or Facebooking.

The past thirty years traditional telephones have been giving way to more high tech tools. That's been causing problems at the FBI which as a result recently formed and new surveillance unit called the DC -- -- The domestic communications assistance centers going to try to invent ways to -- -- on Skype communications and Google hang outside. And the new wireless technologies to better monitor communications the FBI is also seeking cooperation from tech companies that they want a new line saying that companies -- -- Apple and Microsoft and Google and FaceBook and so on social networking web sites voice over Internet phone providers. Have to build and back doors for government surveillance. Privacy advocates want to know what tools the DC AC -- use and whether it will partner with telecommunications. Companies. But they acknowledge that surveillance is necessary. We have bad people in the world -- communicate over the Internet. Child pornography is a real problem for example. And if the FBI or law enforcement has probable cause to up to show that they're entitled to -- wiretap order. Then by all means they should be able to do that. The electronic frontier foundation plans to file a Freedom of Information Act request seeking. DC AC operates. But it will likely take a few years to learn any specifics in -- Cisco -- -- -- cnet.com for CBS news.

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