Tuesday, October 07, 2014

Welcome to the USA circa 2014

where cell phones, social media and DEA investigations intercede.

This story came out yesterday and it took a moment to digest it (note that this has a local angle - the person in question grew up in Watertown, NY.  Also, note that you read it here on 10/7/14 before seeing it on any other local news source).

"The Justice Department is claiming, in a little-noticed court filing, that a federal agent had the right to impersonate a young woman online by creating a Facebook page in her name without her knowledge. Government lawyers also are defending the agent’s right to scour the woman’s seized cellphone and to post photographs — including racy pictures of her and even one of her young son and niece — to the phony social media account, which the agent was using to communicate with suspected criminals." via buzzfeed.

Clearly the woman in this case is no saint if she was involved in a drug ring.  However for the DEA to use her real identity to set up a profile without her consent is crossing a host of ethical lines.  Read the whole article and remember my earlier post advising you to delete your Facebook account ;)

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