Social media has proved its worth, yet again. Twitter, Facebook and other popular sites are 24-hour sources of data that require an automated tool for deciding what’s important and what is not. What is important in the realm of law enforcement is the pitch at trade conferences and in publications for those in the “biz.”

With hundreds of millions of tweets being transmitted across the Web every day and double that number for Facebook users, the data that is available to law enforcement and the security sector is massive.

The Huffington Post brought this news to our attention in their interesting article, “Web Surveillance Through Social Media Sites A Powerful Tool For Local Law Enforcement.” Technology companies are developing software to discern the data that can be of assistance in solving crimes, preventing crimes, and assuring security.

Melody K. Smith

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