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U.S. Law Enforcement Obtaining Warrants to Search Facebook Profiles

U.S. law-enforcement agencies are increasingly obtaining warrants to search Facebook, often gaining detailed access to users' accounts without their knowledge.

A Reuters review of the Westlaw legal database shows that since 2008, federal judges have authorized at least two dozen warrants to search individuals' Facebook accounts. 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.

These terms appear in manuals for law enforcement agencies on how to request data from Facebook. The manuals, posted on various public-advocacy websites, appear to have been prepared by Facebook, although a spokesman for the company declined to confirm their authenticity.

The review of Westlaw data indicates that federal agencies were granted at least 11 warrants to search Facebook since the beginning of 2011, nearly double the number for all of 2010. The precise number of warrants served on Facebook is hard to determine, in part because some records are sealed, and warrant applications often involve unusual case names.

(One example: "USA v. Facebook USER ID Associated with email address jimmietwhitettrashzyahoo.com," a sealed case involving a drug sale.)

More @ FOX News


2 Comments

:whistle: I agree that law enforcement officials should watch out for Facebook items/names that don't seem exactly up to what it should!
oh what?!! i knew it!! law enforcement trying to stick their noses where they shouldn't...bunch a "women-wearing-skirts"!! ugh!! ;d