This search tool uses your social media footprint to spy on you

If you don't want to be tracked, the good news is that you don't have to go off the grid and live in an underground bunker in the woods. However, the bad news is that, thanks to new software like Raytheon's Rapid Information Overlay Technology (RIOT), if you want to maintain any semblance of privacy, you basically have to quit any social network you've ever used.

In a video just posted by the Guardian, a worker at defense contractor Raytheon shows off the ease-of-use of RIOT in mapping a person's behavior patterns to predict their future movements.

The video presentation shows the program parsing data shared through Facebook, Twitter and Foursquare to create detailed behavior profiles represented by charts, graphs and map layouts. Although the report profiles RIOT as a secret project, Raytheon actually put out a press release about the software development on its website way back in 2010.

Nevertheless, the video illustrates the new realities of social media that, when used in a certain way, could serve make your life far more transparent than you may have ever intended. You can check out the video, termed as a cyber tracking demonstration, here.  

Via Guardian

For the latest tech stories, follow DVICE on Twitter
at @dvice or find us on Facebook