Online, undercover

PoliceOne picked up on an Associated Press report regarding the emerging use of social media channels in law enforcement. Agencies are going undercover online by using aliases and fake profiles to gather information on suspects on Facebook, Myspace, Linkedin, Twitter and other sites.

According to the report, the online investigations have been met with both success and suspicion. Civil liberties groups are concerned about privacy and the legal implications of impersonating others and using false identities online.

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