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Facebook Tells DEA: Stop Impersonating Users

I feel like if there is one company that American law enforcement should be respectful to, it would be Facebook. It’s been a huge thing for some time now, and with it’s influence it could be a key tool in helping law enforcement catch the bad guys.

However, a recent event that involved the DEA hijacking a woman’s account and using it for an investigation has lead Facebook to give some resistance. They want it to stop. Perhaps the DEA wouldn’t have received this request if they went through the proper channels. The story goes that Sondra Arquiett was arrested in 2010 and was facing charges of cocaine distribution.

She offered to be an informant with the DEA for lesser charges. When she was arrested, her phone with all her contacts became the property of the investigation. From that, law enforcement has used her mobile Facebook app as tool.

Legal advocate Gianfrancesco Genoso says it’s a gray area of a black and white subject. She agreed to help, but they took the liberty of saying to what extent. In the complaint filed by Arquiett, she claims that agents even sent out pictures of her in a bikini to suspects in the investigation. To me, that kind of crosses the line.

Privacy researcher Runa Sandvik raises the question “Isn’t this the definition of identity theft?”. I believe so.

-Johnny

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  1. In my opinion, it compromises Arquiett’s online identity and should be treated as identity theft. It goes way beyond wearing a wire, as the DEA’s actions could have a long lasting effect on her social life. It was due to the fact that dissertation writing help has a lot to offer which is really appalling.

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