US Police Got Access To Facebook Users’ DetailsAdded: Thursday, July 21st, 2011
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US federal agencies are receiving warrants for detailed access to people’s Facebook accounts without their knowledge.
Reuters reported that within the last 3 years, federal judges have authorized at least 25 warrants to search people’s Facebook accounts to different agencies, including the FBI, DEA and ICE, during investigations ranging from arson to terrorism.
Facebook provides the authorities with a detailed package of profile and photo data which isn’t even available to users themselves. Now, it seems that the police are getting so addicted to the amount of useful information they are able to receive from those profiles, that the coppers are hitting the courts for more and more warrants. So far, the federal agencies have been granted at least 11 warrants to search Facebook profiles since the beginning of 2011, which is double the number for all of the last year. Moreover, this figure may be much higher as some of the records are sealed.
Joe Sullivan, Chief Security Officer for Facebook, pointed out that Facebook was very sensitive to user privacy, regularly trying to push back against the “fishing expeditions” of the police. However, the industry observers found out that none of those provided warrants have been challenged on the grounds that it infringed people's Fourth Amendment protection against unlawful search and seizure. The reason for that is simple – neither defendants nor their “friends” knew about those warrants, because neither Facebook nor the authorities is obliged to notify users whose accounts are subject to a search by law enforcement.
However, Twitter and a number of other social networking services have officially adopted a policy stipulating their obligation to inform users when the police ask to search their profile, and those websites have been successful at challenging gag orders. On the contrary, Facebook appears to be not caring about these things – at least, in 2 recent cases information wasn’t passed on for sure. Back in 2010, after police had arrested 4 people for burning down a church in Ohio, FBI executed a search warrant on Facebook searching for information about two of the suspects, whose lawyers were unaware of the search. Another case, where the DEA searched the Facebook account of a Hollywood shrink running a “pill mill” for celebs, proved that the defendant wasn’t notified about the source of the evidence but told the information was from “an undercover source”.
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Thursday, July 21st, 2011
|They use the internet now,huh, for illegal buiz.|
|no surprise there|
|if it is posted on the internet it is fare game b/c weather they get a search warrant or not, they will get what they want. Lincoln maine police department has a fake facebook page that the officers use to "befriend" certian people, such as people who are known to be druggies or involved in criminal activity...they should read the facebook User Agreement b/c in it you are who you say you impersonating someone else or lying about your info is direct violation of facebook rules...but the police are above the law so maybe someone should put them below the law....6 feet souds nice|
|posted by (2011-07-21 23:43:48)|
The police is NOT above the law but the court is. Without a warrant issued by the court they are nothing so in this light they are clearly violating the FB rules. OFC unless they have been issued a legal court order to do so
|@whiskerz87 ... you obviously have something to hid and/or are criminal yourself if you think the police are above the law ....|
|The police is NOT above the law ???hahaha|
Keep kidding you're Self !!
|whats new? the people dont have any rights anymore in the US.|
anyone with any sense doesn't use those things.
|posted by (2011-07-25 10:51:18)|
|thats arse about face!The police are above the law evry frickin minute of the day, whether on the street or in their offices and from i've seen as prosecutors in court.The judge and/or jury on the other hand have a rigid regime that is almost always followed based on whats presented. The lesser the crime the more easily the offences are dealt it appears. Given how busy courts are, that ain't no surprise.Face book is good for photo's etc of distant family and used for nothing else.||
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