The Bank of America bragged to US police about its ability to gather information on anarchists and Occupy Wall Street protesters in the lead up to a demonstration.
According to a Finextra report, Kim Triplett-Kolerich, a security executive at the Bank of America, contacted Washington State Patrol (WSP) – a law enforcement agency – on the subject of gathering intelligence and revealed the bank’s internal team focused on social media trolling.
This was revealed in emails published following a Washington state public records request.
Triplett-Kolerich asked the WSP in an email to share any intelligence on anarchists, but said the Bank of America was likely to get it first though its team of 20 people focused solely on social media trolling.
“If you have any [intelligence] on Anarchists or Occupy Protesters please let me know – I will most likely find it first, as social media trolling is not what the WSP does best,” said former WSP sergeant Triplett-Kolerich in an email.
“Bank of America has a team of 20 people and that’s all they do all day and then pass it to us around the country.”
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Edward Snowden's revelations, about the online surveillance carried out by the US government, described how data held by finance firms was monitored.
Snowden alleged that the National Security Agency (NSA) tapped the Swift network.
Members of the European Parliament (MEPs) recently passed a resolution calling for the suspension of an EU agreement with the US that allows US authorities to monitor financial transactions on the Society for Worldwide Interbank Financial Telecommunications (Swift).