New Smartphone App Ushers in the Digital Age of Citizen Spying
The Intel Hub
By Madison Ruppert
March 2, 2012
The West Virginia Department of Homeland Security released an app for mobile phones they have called the “Suspicious Activity Reporting” application.
This application will allow for citizens to report “suspicious persons” more easily than ever before, ushering in the digital age of citizen spying, a thought which would make Stalin and those like him drool with envy.
The new application was recently unveiled by the Department of Homeland Security’s branch in West Virginia in concert with the office of the governor of West Virginia and if it is successful it could likely see a much wider distribution.
“With the assistance of our citizens, important information can quickly get into the hands of our law enforcement community allowing them to provide better protection,” Governor Earl Ray Tomblin said in an official statement.
The app can be downloaded from the Apple App Store or the Android Market and is quite simple in its functionality, although it is not the first.
Indeed, last year, the homeland security branch in Kentucky launched their “Eyes and Ears on Kentucky” app for the iPhone.
This trend of digitizing the practice of citizen spying might prove much more effective than previous campaigns like the “see something, say something” effort launched by the Department of Homeland Security.