US spies will read your Twitter conversations

US spies will read your messages posted on Twitter as well as any blogs you contribute to following the CIA's deal with a software firm that monitors...

US spies will read your messages posted on Twitter as well as any blogs you contribute to following the CIA's deal with a software firm that monitors social media.

In-Q-Tel, which invests in technology that could support the work of the CIA, has signed a deal with software supplier Visible Technologies.

Visible Technologies normally helps organisations gain insights from exchanges made via social media platforms. These insights are used to build business intelligence to help businesses plan.

The deal could see will see the two organisations co-develop technology.

"Visible Technologies' platform is key to understanding the breadth and depth of the online social landscape," said Troy Pearsall, executive vice-president of architecture and engineering at In-Q-Tel. "Its platform delivers a clear and comprehensive view of complex information, integrating real-time data into a navigable and easy-to-use application that understands the context and tone of online dialogue."

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