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Question 3: Should people whose information is being used in this way have any concerns about privacy?

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(Dr. Norm Vinson stands in front of a bookcase. He addresses the camera.)

I don’t think that surveillance of social media should elicit any privacy concerns. Because the way it's done now is that you can only surveil tweets or updates that are public and they have to be set to be public by the user. So the user is already broadcasting all of this information, it's just collected and analyzed. Unless something changed dramatically, there's not really any concern for privacy.

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