FBI uses phony profiles on social networks to track suspects


USA Today
March 16, 2010

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The FBI and other federal agencies are going undercover on Facebook, LinkedIn, MySpace and other social networks with phony profiles to gather information and communicate with suspects, according to an internal Justice Department document.

FBI agents, for example, have used Facebook to determine the whereabouts of a fugitive. Other investigators can check alibis by comparing stories a suspect tells police with their tweets sent at the same time .

A civil liberties group, The Electronic Frontier Foundation, obtained the 33-page document after suing the Justice Department.

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