I am interested in collecting tweets and social media posts from politicians in the USA. Specifically from their political social media accounts.
After reading this finextra article, I believe this qualifies as "processing public or professional life" personal data. Since I will be collecting tweets, they have already agreed to have their data stored. I believe I must merely inform them that I am processing their data.
My questions are, do I need to inform or ask for consent from the politicians I am collecting data from? Then again, politicians are public figures and their social media accounts are specifically for public consumption. Would this qualify as data explicitly public sphere and thus require no consent?