Frisco PD Seeking Social Media Monitoring Technology

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FRISCO - It seems if you're online, everybody knows what you’re doing at all times. Now the City of Frisco is looking to use that same idea to help hashtag potential crime.

“It was brought to my attention that the Frisco Police Department was trying to purchase a software package to basically aggregate social media,” Activist Brett Sanders said.

Tuesday night, the City Council okayed the department's request to apply for a $35,000 grant from the Department of Homeland Security to use social media monitoring technology.

There is concern that the technology invades your privacy.

“I see this as potential for endangering someone who may indiscriminately put out a tweet or a message on social media and then find a SWAT team at their door,” Sanders said.

Frisco PD didn't get back to us for a response, but according to the grant application filed by the department, this will help police and fire make better-informed decisions on incidents or events. For example, the case in Michigan when reportedly 2,000 people showed up for a house party. Six people even overdosed and a 19-year-old woman told cops she was sexually assaulted.

Back in Frisco, folks want to make sure the city takes the proper steps to keep FPD from becoming the NSA.