The use of social media by law enforcement to track criminals has increased.
Washington (WiredPRNews.com) – The use of popular social networking sites by law enforcement officials to track criminals is increasing. As reported by the Associated Press (AP), more agents are using sites such as Facebook, MySpace, and Twitter to obtain information deemed useful for cases.
As noted in the report, the news has prompted some sites to implement requirements or guidelines for law enforcement agents in using these mediums to obtain legal information. MySpace chief security officer, Hemanshu Nigam, is quoted by the AP as stating that the site does not seek to hinder investigations; however, “That said, we also want to make sure that our users’ privacy is protected and any data that’s disclosed is done under proper legal process.”
Facebook spokesman Andrew Noyes is further quoted as stating the site has designed a handbook for assisting law enforcement with understanding, “the proper ways to request information from Facebook to aid investigations.”
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