Friday, March 19, 2010

Facebook the new "stakeout" locale

The Electronic Frontier Foundation has received information on how the FBI works undercover on Facebook. While not actually saying it happens, the document they received through a freedom of information act definitely implies that agents create fake profiles to friend suspects and their friends. No one is sure how such info gathered with fake profiles - something forbidden by the terms of service of most social media - will hold up as evidence. PCWorld.com points out that there is a significant difference between under cover in the real world and in the virtual. In the real world it is not possible to pretend to be someones mother, wife, etc.  Using bogus information, it is possible on Facebook. That is a real problem.

How many Facebook friends do you have? How many do of them do you really know? Do you have an FBI agent in your group of friends? Would you know if you did? Watching what you say and do  - and who with - on social networks has long been important. Now it's really is a necessity.