- Dec 25, 2010
A notorious tech company has, according to its CEO, scraped 30 billion social media photos, packaged and curated them, and passed them along to the surveillance state.
Is this legal? It absolutely is, as long as the terms of service provisions of the various social media companies were not violated, and I suspect that they weren't.
Is this an unlawful search under the 4th Amendment? I don't think so. No one will win an argument that they had a reasonable right to privacy in pictures that they publicly posted. Nevertheless, it's creepy that the gov't, just from this purchase of information has a database of about 90 different pictures of every man, woman and child in the U.S.
What do they plan to do with it? I don't know, but don't think for a second it'll reduce the rate of violent crime, which is what YOU care about.