Police Make Wide Use Of Social Tools
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Andrew Hornback
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7/26/2012 | 2:31:24 AM
re: Police Make Wide Use Of Social Tools
For some criminal types, this is like giving law enforcement the opportuity to shoot fish in a rain barrel.

One example that comes to mind - father and son duo decide they want to show off their marijuana plants and drum up business, so they post pictures of 20+ foot tall plants to Facebook. A few hours later, three sheriff's deputies and a K-9 unit are apprehending and confiscating.

People with limited knowledge or understanding of social media (or the Internet in general, for that matter), simply don't understand that once something goes digital, it becomes permanent. Someone somewhere is listening, watching, recording, collecting, searching, sifting, backing up...

Andrew Hornback
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7/20/2012 | 6:29:03 PM
re: Police Make Wide Use Of Social Tools
It is no surprise that law enforcement is using social tools to help with and assist in investigations. Take for example the kid who took a pic himself standing in the lettuce bins at Burger King, he was literally found within minutes due to the fact that he posted the picture on Facebook and secondly he uploaded the picture from his phone which also uploaded his GPS coordinates. Caught! I suppose even with as much news and people getting caught plastered all over from Burger King to people planking law enforcement vehicles there are still going to be people who just donG«÷t consider the affect it will have once it is placed on the web for the world to see.
The law enforcement is just utilizing all of its resources and if a person commits a crime and decides they want to share it with the world that is what they are doing sharing with the world! The statistics are a bit higher than I would have guessed. You have to wonder how many law enforcement officers make these discoveries while surfing their own social media sites. It is good that Homeland Security is aware that official are using it for investigations and preparing for privacy issues and not just blatantly ignoring the fact. I would be more aware of what I post and share if I am going to break the law!

Paul Sprague
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