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The author of the PATRIOT Act is recommending social media monitoring and other surveillance methods in order to fight the so-called dark Web, or parts of the Internet used for illicit activity that are inaccessible through standard browsers.

Michael Chertoff, former Homeland Security secretary under President George W. Bush, suggested that government security agencies undertake greater monitoring of social media and consumer data in order to find references to new dark Web domains.

Additionally, agencies should build profiles of individuals active on the dark Web based on their transactions and conduct semantic analyses of known illicit sites. These actions could help...

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