Law enforcement has a new friend in facebook. Federal agencies including the FBI, DEA and ICE have been accessing data on facebook that even the users don’t know about. Facebook uses intricate tracking methods to categorize users. This information along with wall posts and images have been turned over to several federal agencies. None of these requests require the user to be notified or have been challenged by facebook. Twitter on the other hand warns its users if the police are accessing their information and has challenged the legality of some requests.
Many of the warrants requested a laundry list of personal data such as messages, status updates, links to videos and photographs, calendars of future and past events, “Wall postings” and “rejected Friend requests.”
Federal agencies seeking the warrants include the FBI, DEA and ICE, and the investigations range from arson to rape to terrorism.
The Facebook search warrants typically demand a user’s “Neoprint” and “Photoprint” — terms that Facebook has used to describe a detailed package of profile and photo information that is not even available to users themselves.
Strange coincidence that Microsoft owns part of facebook.