UVA Hires Social Media Cybersleuths

, Malcolm A. Kline, 1 Comment

Could this be a trend? “In response to the torch-lit marches in Charlottesville last August, the University of Virginia signed an $18,500 annual contract with Social Sentinel, a private security firm, to monitor the social media accounts of its students and others,” Kayla Stetzel writes on Reason.com. “UVA began working with Social Sentinel in September to keep an eye on potentially dangerous campus activity.”

“University officials and the UVA police force have assured the community this step is necessary for campus security, yet students and others are concerned about their privacy rights.”