For many Americans, some part of every day is spent accessing the Internet.
Whether it’s checking e-mail, browsing various articles on popular news outlets, or catching up with friends on social media sites, millions of people across the country are connected via their cell phones, personal computers, and now – tablets.
In a digital age where Internet users are more prominent than ever, it’s an almost near impossible task to keep constant tabs on what everyone is up to at all times of the day – until now.
Due to overwhelming user popularity, social media sites such as Facebook and Twitter are now monitored by the government for security purposes.
So what exactly does that mean?
Basically, anything and everything you do online is being -and has been- watched. Anyone who thought the Internet was still protected by privacy laws has been living under a rock, clearly.
A recent Freedom of Information Act lawsuit forced the Department of Homeland Security to release a list of keywords and phrases they use to monitor online sites.
The extensive list gives the public a glimpse of what government analysts target when searching for domestic and external threats to the U.S.
Along with possible terrorism threats, analysts also patrol the Internet searching for tips concerning natural disasters, public health threats, and serious crimes. This includes public shootings, major drug busts, and illegal immigrant activites.
Words like ‘terrorist’, ‘threat’ and ‘attack’ are obvious as to why they are included on the list, but many are still confused as to why ‘pork’, ‘wave’ or ‘smart’ need to be avoided.
So unless you want Big Brother keeping tabs on you, here is a list of word to avoid using online frequently.
List of Keywords: