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  • Reynolds
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    • Oct 2018
    • 3405

    "The CIA Helped Fund Facebook" & Why The CIA Is In The Investing Business




    The CIA’s venture capital fund, In-Q-Tel, was an early investor in Palantir, plunking down a cool $2 million alongside many more millions from Thiel, the billionaire co-founder of PayPal and an early investor in Facebook.

    You don't need to wear a tinfoil hat to believe that the CIA is using Facebook, Twitter, Google and other social media to spy on people. That's because the CIA publishes a helpful list of press releases on all the social media ventures it sponsors, via its technology investment arm In-Q-Tel. The companies that take In-Q-Tel's money aren't shy about publicizing what they're up to, either. The world's largest database on individuals One of the main threats to privacy comes from advertisers, who want to track everything consumers do on the web and scrape their online accounts for personal information. It shouldn't be surprising, therefore, to learn that the CIA and the world's largest ad agency network WPP, have been in bed together on a social media data-mining venture since at least January 2009. WPP currently claims to own the world's largest database of unique individual profiles -- including demographic, financial, purchase and geographic histories. WPP's Visible Technologies unit took an investment from In-Q-Tel in fall of 2009. Visible Technologies develops tools that can scan social media networks such as Twitter and Facebook.





    WPP also funded Omniture, a marketing ROI agency, with $25 million in January 2009. Omniture's Visual Sciences unit has also taken In-Q-Tel money. The CIA re-upped with Visible Technologies as part of another $6 million funding round in March 2011. Google and CIA: old friends Are you seeing a trend yet? Google has been a partner with the CIA since 2004 when the company bought Keyhole, a mapping technology business that eventually became Google Earth. Here, from its transparency report, are some stats on the amount of information it has either given to the government or wiped from the web based on requests by U.S. agencies -4,601 requests from U.S. government agencies for "user data" Google complied with government requests for user data 94% of the time. 1,421 requests for "content removal" Google complied with content removal requests 87% of the time.
  • Reynolds
    Moderator
    • Oct 2018
    • 3405

    #2
    Ever notice how justice and transparency is non-existent in the upper echelons of the US government. Sure the senate has a committee to investigate, but what else are they going to do with their time?





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