Facebook Demands that DEA Stop Creating Fake Profiles

Facebook tells the DEA to stop creating fake accounts. The scolding was prompted when a woman filed suit, alleging a federal agent created a fake account from images on her cell phone. (PHOTO CREDIT: Franco Bouly | Creative Commons)
Facebook tells the DEA to stop creating fake accounts. The scolding was prompted when a woman filed suit, alleging a federal agent created a fake account from images on her cell phone. (PHOTO CREDIT: Franco Bouly | Creative Commons)

In response to a woman alleging the Drug Enforcement Agency created a fake profile using images and information from her cell phone, Facebook has sent a letter to the head of the bureau demanding that federal agents follow the rules like everyone else and abstain from lying about their identities.

Joe Sullivan, Facebook’s chief security officer, reminded DEA Administrator Michele Leonhart that the social networking site has banned the creation and use of phony Facebook accounts.

“Facebook has long made clear that law enforcement authorities are subject to these policies,” Sullivan stated in his letter. “We regard DEA’s conduct to be a knowing and serious breach of Facebook’s terms and policies.”

In response to letter, which was sent on Oct. 17, the DEA says it was reviewing the allegations of spoofed accounts, but asserted that the practice wasn’t prevalent among federal agencies.

“The department has launched a review into the incident at issue in this case,” stated Justice Department spokesman Brian Fallon. “That review is ongoing, but to our knowledge, this is not a widespread practice among our federal law enforcement agencies.”

Sondra Arquiett says she was arrested on drug charges in July 2010, which led to the seizure of her cell phone. Arquiett says DEA agent Timothy Siggigen conducted an investigation, using a page spoofed from pictures and other information stored in her cell phone, to try to communicate with other suspects.

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SOURCE: Tech Times
Quinten Plummer

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