The ACLU is fighting police who want private info on a political Facebook group


In a potentially troubling move for the future of online organizing, police in Washington are looking to dig up private information on members of a political Facebook group.

A judge recently granted the Whatcom County Sheriff’s Department a warrant served on Facebook that seeks out the “messages, photos, videos, wall posts and location information (IP address login)” on a group opposed to the Dakota Access pipeline.

According to the ACLU, that means police are after data on the group’s Facebook page as well as “data related to an unknown number of people who merely interacted with the group via Facebook at some point during the 12 days covered by the warrant,” which specifies Feb. 4 – Feb. 15. It’s unclear if the warrant seeks further information from participants’ own Facebook pages. Read more…

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