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Aussies OK Social Media Monitoring On Terror: Commerce Not

Aussies OK Social Media Monitoring On Terror: Commerce NotThe Unisys Security Insights report claims that a
majority of Australians support monitoring social media such as Twitter,
Facebook and YouTube to detect possible terrorist activity and to identify
public issues for the “the greater good” – but not if it is for commercial
gain.

“The use of social media by terrorists has been widely reported and has clearly
had an impact on the Australian public’s acceptance of the need for authorities
to monitor these channels for public safety and national security purposes,”
says John Kendall, security program director at Unisys Asia Pacific.

“However, Australians clearly take into account the objectives of such
monitoring to discern whether it is acceptable.

“There is moderate support to monitor social media to track an organisation’s
performance or to evaluate job candidates in positions of trust such as carers
or teachers. But there is very little support – only 27 percent approval – for
using this information for marketing.”