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Daily Dashboard | How police officers rely on social media to conduct covert investigations Related reading: Notes from the IAPP Publications Editor, Nov. 16, 2018

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In an article for The Root, Kashmir Hill reports on the growing use of undercover police officers to comb through unsuspecting social media profiles to discover illegal activity. Hill writes that little has been done to curtail law enforcement’s use of undercover online surveillance. A Freedom of Information Act request to more than 50 police departments across the U.S. showed that while many have social media policies, most fail to address covert investigations. Hill writes, “the unregulated nature of undercover social media police work leads to disturbing outcomes,” adding that while it may be a useful tool, officers “shouldn’t be secretly friending people for indefinite amounts of time, keeping them under permanent suspicion.”
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