Exclusive: Raytheon's Riot program mines social network data like a 'Google for spies', drawing ire from civil rights groups
Raytheon software tracks you online
Raytheon has secretly developed software capable of tracking people's movements and predicting future behaviour by mining data from social networkingwebsites.
A video obtained by the Guardian reveals how an "extreme-scale analytics" system created by Raytheon, the world's fifth largest defence contractor, can gather vast amounts of information about people from websites including Facebook, Twitter and Foursquare.
Raytheon says it has not sold the software – named Riot, or Rapid Information Overlay Technology – to any clients.
But the Massachusetts-based company has acknowledged the technology was shared with US government and industry as part of a joint research and development effort, in 2010, to help build a national security system capable of analysing "trillions of entities" from cyberspace.