Facebook, MySpace and Twitter Allow Law Enforcement to Use Online Surveillance, Leaving No Trace


With the rise of social media sites, law enforcement can easily monitor suspects and their private lives without having to report the use of the site to any entity, says researcher Christopher Soghoian of Indiana University in a new study, “The Law Enforcement Surveillance Reporting Gap.”

Soghoian writes that surveillance of these sites have become a routine tool for law enforcement agencies, yet there is no law or reporting regulating how police collect information from these sites. This oversight is a large departure from the protocol that law enforcement must follow when using other investigative techniques, such as wire-tapping or video cameras.

Read the report here.

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