This file photo taken on September 11, 2013 shows the logo of social networking website 'Twitter' displayed on a computer screen in London. AFP / Leon NEAL
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Twitter and Facebook last week revoked data access for an analytics firm which, according to a civil liberties group, helped law enforcement track people protesting the police shooting of black men in several U.S. cities.The American Civil Liberties Union reported that Geofeedia had been marketing its services to U.S. police agencies to help track activists using their social media posts and location data.Companies processing people's personal data have a responsibility to find out who the end user is going to be, said Sophia Cope, a lawyer specializing in civil liberties at the Electronic Frontier Foundation.She encourages firms to ask specific questions to find out what use the data will be put to.Social networks, however, differ in that the data being perused is typically on public display and not private.Analytics firms often have the advantage of being directly connected, usually for a fee, to streams of data at social networks.Data mined by firms can help target ads, meaning that people see marketing messages that might spark interest instead of annoyance.
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