When Facebook Receives A Subpoena, What Personal Info Do They Hand Over To The Police?

By - Wednesday, April 11th, 2012

Reported only a day ago, Instagram was bought by Facebook. It was stated that Instagram would remain an independent company, but will Facebook start compiling even more info on you? We understand there is a big graffiti photography community on Instagram, you may not share the images on Facebook, or even have a Facebook account, but Facebook may start storing these pictures and associate them with you as well. Now a days it seems like more and more everyday people are getting the vibe that they should remain anonymous on the web. As much as Facebook can be a great social or advertising tool for some, it can really hurt those in the long run who choose to share any kind personal activities they want kept secret with a close friend. Nothing is kept secret from the authorities on Facebook. Here at 12ozProphet, we don’t keep logs for any accounts, and we feel there is no need for social networks to go out of their way to collect and store such personal data if you do not wish them to. Given that the authorities can posses infinite information that Facebook stores on you, it helps them in furthering their research on other websites you frequent. Information including your email, with your common passwords, logins, and credit card info are disclosed. Not only that, sometimes your friends info can help provide more dirt on you. If it pertains to the reason they are searching you, friends of yours will have their info copied down, too. An excerpt from the latest update by Facebook on its law enforcement rules, “Acceptance of legal process by any of these means is for convenience and does not waive any objections, including lack of jurisdiction or proper service.” The subpoena you see above, originally leaked by The Boston Phoenix, had been edited down to provide anonymity for the user’s friends and family. The first 8 pages are the official subpoena, the rest are 60+ pages of private information, including friends names and info, private messages, tags, photos, wall posts, time stamps, and much, much more. “This document was publicly released by Boston Police as part of the case file. In other case documents, the police have clearly redacted sensitive information. And while the police were evidently comfortable releasing Markoff’s unredacted Facebook subpoena, we weren’t. Markoff may be dead, but the very-much-alive friends in his friend list were not subpoenaed, and yet their full names and Facebook ID’s were part of the document. So we took the additional step of redacting as much identifying information as we could — knowing that any redaction we performed would be imperfect, but believing that there’s a strong argument for distributing this, not only for its value in illustrating the Markoff case, but as a rare window into the shadowy process by which Facebook deals with law enforcement.” –The Boston Phoenix

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