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TWITTER ALLEGEDLY HANDED OVER DATA TO DARPA

Twitter has entered into a “specific” agreement with the US Defense Department’s Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) that allows its researchers to collect data from the social network for the purposes of two of its programs.

According to the Washington Times, the data in question is “shared” by Twitter users, and apparently DARPA’s programs target only non US users. That is because the Social Simulation for Evaluating Online Messaging Campaigns (SocialSim) and the Influence Campaign Awareness and Sensemaking” (INCAS) are supposed to produce algorithms capable of detecting and combating foreign influence.

DARPA program manager Brian Kettler revealed that Americans’ data can also be collected “unintentionally,” but he was also quick with the reassurances that the program has procedures to isolate and not use that data.

Kettler also asserted that the agency’s rules around “looking at” collected personally identifiable information are “stringent” and there to “protect” that particularly sensitive data.

Meanwhile, what is Twitter doing as all this is happening? According to Kettler, Twitter has “sort of” scrutinized the way DARPA is using the data and what it is accessing, while what he refers to as a specific agreement is reportedly in line with the company’s terms and conditions.

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