I meant to say "if you dont want everyone to know about your business"
But law enforcement absolutely has business snooping around. We expect police to be able to recognize crimes in action including conspiracy.
IMO the danger comes from how they record this information. If they are creating a relational database of everyone's interactions with each other then yeah, that goes way beyond their charge. I seriously doubt this is the case, however.
You mean, they don't ALREADY have a toolset to data mine these sources? Or are they waiting for approval and then, magically, they will have a toolset developed and ready for deployment within a couple of weeks?
"processing more data than humans can even chip at."
"The application must have the ability to rapidly assemble critical open source information and intelligence that will allow [the FBI's Strategic Information and Operations Center] to quickly vet, identity and geo-locate [potential threats to the U.S.]," the FBI states.
Speaking of chips, with all this nonsense with data mining tools, just cut to the chase FFS!!! Just get the military to round up all the people in the US, extract bank account details to empty their accounts, install mind-control chips so the populace won't rise up against it, and then act like Blizzard executive staff and roll around in the excess green.