Monday, July 27, 2015

FB loses another court battle to protect personal data

FB just lost what may prove to be an important case in NY state court of appeals. FB wished to not honor broad search warrants in order to protect users digital information. The search warrants were issued in a large social security fraud investigation case. Privacy rights advocates are concerned that all the data collected will be kept for an unspecified amount of time, and that for some of the people whose data is being collected there is no plan to charge them with a criminal offense, so why collect their data? The case is against 100+ NY city retired cops and firefighters who authorities believed lied about their physical and mental conditions, which can be disproved by their social media accounts, in order to get benefits they don't deserve totaling nearly $25 million. The feds requested access to the social media accounts of 381 people, but only 62 were charged in the case. 108 have so far pled guilty. The feds demanded that FB turn over all the data, without informing the people whose social media accounts were investigated. FB remains concerned about and against these huge collections of data. Read more about it here http://www.cnn.com/2015/07/23/tech/facebook-search-warrants/index.html

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