[Link] Its not illegal but it's still chilling. From the news story: A Washington state public records request has unearthed an email chain which includes a message from a Vice President of Global Corporate Security for Bank of America, describing efforts to combat economic justice organizing. The official explains that the powerful financial institution employs a staff of 20 full-time social media spies, and references public-private surveillance efforts directed at activists who aim to hold banks accountable for social crises like the foreclosure disaster.

[from the email:] "If you find any intel on Anarchists or Occupy Protesters please let me know—I will most likely find it first as Social Media trolling is not what the WSP does best—Bank of America has a team of 20 people and that's all they do all day and then pass it to us around the country!!"