US Authorities May Pretend You on FacebookAdded: Thursday, October 16th, 2014
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American government claimed that it can take your pictures and pretend to be you on social networks in attempt to trick your friends into admitting some illegal deeds. According to the Justice Department, a federal agent legitimately impersonated a young woman on the Internet by creating a Facebook page in her name without her knowledge. This was done by stealing photos from the woman’s seized mobile phone and sticking racy pictures of her and her son and niece to a fake social media account.
The woman in question, Sondra Arquiett (who then went by the name Sondra Prince) found out that the agents had stolen her ID four years ago, when a friend asked her about the photos she was allegedly posting on her Facebook timeline. There were risque pictures of the woman posing on the hood of a BMW with her legs spread, and photos of her in underwear.
It turned out that the account was created by special agent of the US Drug Enforcement Administration named Timothy Sinnigen. He had arrested Arquiett and accused her of participating in a drug ring. Later, the judge decided that the single mom was a bit player who took responsibility and sentenced her to probation. When Sondra was awaiting trial, the agent created the fake Facebook page with her real name, published pictures from her seized mobile, and was talking to at least one wanted fugitive. Of course, everything was done without Arquiett’s knowledge.
In the meantime, Facebook’s Community Standards clearly read that pretending to be someone else, creating a false presence for a company, or creating multiple accounts undermines community and violates the website’s terms. Nothing is said about any exceptions for police and spooks. Nevertheless, the fake Facebook page is still there.
Apparently, the actions of the US Drug Enforcement Administration might have never been discovered if Arquiett, now 28, hadn’t sued back the agent, accusing him of violating her privacy and placing her in danger. The response of the authorities was the following: the agent admitted that Sondra didn’t give express permission for the use of pictures stored on her phone on the fake Facebook page. At the same time, the DEA claimed that Arquiett implicitly consented by granting access to data stored in her mobile and by consenting to use it in order to help an ongoing criminal investigations.
This means that the American authorities can just walk into your house, steal your pictures and publish them on the Internet if they have a reason to believe that it can help arrest your friends. Of course, when the woman gave permission for the Federal Bureau of Investigation to look at her phone, she could never imagine that she would have consented to her pictures being used in like that. Unfortunately, the US Justice Department believes that it is just fine.
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Thursday, October 16th, 2014
|Why not? Its not like US citizens really have any rights, and law enforcement officers are free to do whatever they please.|
|And of course we can't pretend to be THEM.|
|posted by (2014-10-17 02:00:31)|
|Hmmm I guess I would be ok with it, if she had been LE. Using female agents makes much more sense. Thats what we did when I was leo.|
|At the same time, the DEA claimed that Arquiett implicitly consented by granting access to data stored in her mobile and by consenting to use it in order to help an ongoing criminal investigations.|
|well welll this is interesting :)tnx|
|posted by (2014-10-17 06:23:12)|
|Well, I wonder if a federal Judge and Jury would agree if she sues!|
|Law enforcement officers are the only real US citizens. The rest of the population is only cattle.|
|posted by (2014-10-17 16:27:40)|
|makes a change from dumbass paki's ruining this once great site|
|posted by (2014-10-17 22:19:48)|
|thumbsUp by www mirchu net|
|At no8 (shione)|
Your display picture.. is of actually your mother kissing paki ass.
|Okay! So now, FACEBOOK is legally used by authorities to pretend to be someone else? Bummer!|
|posted by (2014-10-18 03:17:56)|
|All Cops deserve to die|
|any government, anywhere will do whatever they want.|
and besides, who uses facebook? why use facebook?
nobody cares about you or your status, and why put your personal data and life in the open just waiting for abuse?
|Facebook is a joke. You can actually get information on 90%|
of the members there, where there live, go to school and work
at. Most members give their real names, addresses I was
even able to locate the color of the house where they live at
though Google maps.
I've been in the graphic business for years and believe me, this
isn't nothing new people pretend to be someone else. They've
3D facial software that can work magic with just one facial picture.
|Who gives a shit? Sondra Arquiett is a convicted drug felon. The DEA used her pics to ensnare others within the cartel. I couldn't care less if they posted pics of the inside of her drug-addled anus on billboards around the world. She's scum.|
|posted by (2014-10-18 15:48:01)|
|I agree with Zulu, if u have nothing to hide u have nothing to fear|
|This is just my two cents. If you make a picture, you may claim the copyrights to that picture. So it would be illegal for anyone to publish it without permission from the creator. At least that's what they tell people who pirate movies, pics, books, etc.|
The same should apply. She should be able to claim the copyrights to her photos and have the offending material removed.
|posted by (2014-10-19 07:05:16)|
|thats interesting well i agree with no 15 comment|
|i think without knowledge it puts family at risk if something goes wrong.someone gets busted she set them up. on the other hand cops pretending to be kids to catch pedophiles and baby rapers is cool but have permission/|
|posted by (2014-10-19 15:18:24)|
|so im going to start making out im a federal officer, the joys one can have in getting away with murder... just wave a badge than BANG your dead mr officer..lol..lol..|
|Since she gave permission to access her phone and its data therein there is justification in using said data if it is in order to further an investigation, but to misrepresent themselves as her in any sting was probably not given as a scenario which she had a clue about until it was done and any possible consequences to her person after the fact is like shutting the fox in the hen house and walking away,despite this there are many,many people who pretend to be other people or sex on Facebook every day.|
|LMFAO! @ #17, nothing to hide nothing to fear. What planet you on moron, your a cop right...lmao||
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