As the most used social networking service, Federal agencies access to private data not available to Facebook users without their knowledge.
Since 2008, federal judges have authorized warrants to search any Facebook individual accounts of personal data like messages, updates videos, photos, posting’s and denied friend request. Law enforcement agencies are progressively obtaining warrants to search Facebook.
Facebook has provided private information to the FBI, Drug Enforcement, Immigration and Customs Enforcements. This year alone federal agencies have issued more warrants this year doubling last year 2010 totals.Whether known or not, Facebook refuse to state how many warrants have been served on the company because of sensitive privacy user information fighting against law enforcement.
What’s not being questioned, by law Facebook nor the federal government are compelled to inform a user when an account is subject to a search by law enforcement. Users create profiles with photos, lists of personal interests, contact information, and other personal information. Users can communicate with friends and other users through private or public messages, chat, interest groups and “fan pages.”
Because of privacy issues, Facebook enables users to choose their own privacy settings and choose who can see specific parts of their profile which is free to users that requires a user’s name and profile picture to be accessible by everyone. Users can control who sees other information they have shared, as well as who can find them in searches, through their privacy settings. Facebook has more than 750 million active users as of July 2011.
Facebook does not inform users when their profile accounts are subject to search by law enforcement. Other social sites like Twitter and MySpace have adopted policies to notify users when law enforcements require a search of their profiles. Facebook’s requires that users give their true identity.
How much protection against government, private, consumer and third parties does Facebook offer? Facebook has to disclose to its users when turning over private sensitive information to the government from its social networking site.
New legislative measures at the federal level are crucial to safeguard privacy rights of all social network users.Facebook will notify account holders wherever possible in a bid to assist users in protecting themselves against unlawful search and seizure, a Fourth Amendment right.
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