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Federal Authorities Access Facebook Accounts

ONLINE PRIVACY—U.S.

April 25, 2011

Stltoday.com reports that federal investigators in Detroit, MI, obtained search warrants allowing them access to the Facebook accounts of suspected criminals. Investigators were able to view photographs, e-mail addresses, phone numbers, lists of friends and GPS locations to disprove alibis. The practice raises many privacy concerns, including whether information gleaned from social media sites can be authenticated. In addition to Michigan, search warrants for Facebook accounts have been requested in an additional eight U.S. states. Facebook representative Andrew Noyes added, "We never turn over 'content' records in response to U.S. legal process unless that process is a search warrant reviewed by a judge." 
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