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FBI will receive ‘limited’ Twitter firehose access through Dataminr, but has to watch its step

The FBI has publicly disclosed its intent to get at the “mission critical” Twitter firehose through third party monitoring service Dataminr. But Twitter, which has a 5 percent stake in Dataminr and of course has sovereign control over the firehose, recently told the company to stop providing data to intelligence agencies. So what’s happening here?

TechCrunch was told that the service being provided to the FBI is different from that requested by the CIA, which was turned away before. The FBI would receive “a limited version of our breaking news alerting product” starting December 1, according to a Dataminr statement. (“Dataminr is not a product that enables surveillance,” it concluded. Not knowingly, perhaps.) – READ MORE