Monitoring of conversations by law enforcement is nothing new. What is new is the ability for all types of figures of authority to capture chatting conversations globally in a moment's glance. Citizens are told that national security is the purpose of monitoring posts, pictures, conversations, links and uploads made by online members of all social networks. Citizens do not argue that monitoring chats, posts and conversations of humans are important to ensure safety against those who want to use agendas to hurt large masses of people. Facebook is notorious for a place to be monitored on every level and through almost any agency you can and cannot imagine.
One of the issues of online conversation monitoring as in being a member of online dating service, there is no body language and or facial expression to draw from what is being said. Even more, there is no personality behind a post. A post does not even mean it is a part of a person's character since people often online a posting remarks in so many ways to help with ranking more than communication as an example. Be careful what you post about a company, place, person and or even discussing political interest or agendas. Often companies have ways to look at a post of employee of their company. This is especially true if a company insists you open a Facebook account. Today, a post can mean being fired, deleted from a website and even brought up on charges; all that could be a result of a misconstrued post or a post that for reasons of he or she who is monitoring it, draws conclusions that they feel it is unfavorable.
Today's chat monitoring can be dangerous to a person's livelihood. If you are a member of any type of online writing and or social networking site and get into a chat you think is private, think again. If you are in a one on one discussion that you honestly want to be between you and that person only, then do not post it.
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