Social Spies

I was eating lunch with the chief of security at a social network a few years ago. As we sat in his company’s sunny courtyard, young employees passed by us, plates loaded with free food. “You realize some of these people work for foreign governments,” I remarked. The CISO sighed and replied “Of course I do.” Now comes the news that Twitter employees were secretly spying on behalf of Saudi Arabia. They retrieved records of Saudi activists and passed them on to their handlers in the Kingdom. When Twitter discovered what was happening, they did all the right things. They fired the spies, called in the FBI, and notified thousands of Twitter users whose data was stolen. But do Twitter and other s


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