Facebook Search Warrants; They Won’t Even Inform You

By on July 13, 2011
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Uncle Sam is watching you!

Facebook is a growing stock pile of information. Its got it all, updated photos, updates, messages, the whole works. While the complexity of the Facebook Privacy settings would like us to believe that they are guarding our personal info with their lives, it could not be farther from the truth.

Law Enforcement agencies are increasing using Search Warrants to gain access to detailed private information, without the owners knowledge. This follows a worrying trend we have seen lately. We a similar vein we recently saw the US tell European Union that data on the ‘cloud’ on servers which are physically in the States could be accessed without the owners consent. This move could jeopardize the growth and acceptance of the cloud in many parts of the world.

What they access is the kind of info that even the user himself does not have access to, this Facebook terms “Photoprint” and “Neoprint.” It includes, among others, personal data such as messages, status updates, links to videos and photographs, calendars of future and past events, “Wall postings” and  even “rejected Friend requests.”

The use of such warrants has been prevalent since 2008. It is difficult to put a number on the warrants that were used because records are often sealed. Worryingly, Facebook does not even inform its users about the law snooping, and inquiries to a spokesperson did not provide a response. Twitter, conversely, does have such a policy in place.

The lack of privacy of Facebook has been worrying since the start. We hope they can correct this image and show that they genuinely respect the users right to privacy. 

Via The Huffington Post


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