U.S. government weighs social-media snooping to detect Social Security fraud

Reuters | March 29, 2019

Getting followed on social media could soon gain a new meaning for workers applying for Social Security disability benefits. The Trump administration is working on a plan to let the Social Security Administration (SSA) check up on claimants on Facebook and Twitter in order to root out fraud and abuse in the disability program. It is the latest move in a push by critics of Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) to crack down on alleged fraud and abuse. Conservatives have long argued that cheating is rampant in the program, and in recent years convinced Congress to fund expanded efforts by the SSA on anti-fraud efforts. The idea of social media surveillance is getting a push from the conservative Heritage Foundation.

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DARPA Launches Crypto Project with Inca Digital

Inca Digital | September 26, 2022

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