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Facebook is Making Undercover Policing Impossible

Facebook is Making Undercover Policing Impossible

By Google.com | Posted - Sep. 7, 2011 at 6:21 a.m.



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If
you find Facebook's facial recognition and photo tagging kind of creepy,
the police may find it downright dangerous.
Mike Keelty, a former Australian Federal Police commissioner, said that
Facebook may make undercover policing "impossible" in the future:

The thinking we had with this result means that the 16-year-olds
of today who might become officers in the future have already been exposed.
"Its too late [for them to take it down] because once
its uploaded, its there forever.
Of the people surveyed, 85 per cent had their photos uploaded on
to the internet by another person.
Keelty said that until recently this has been a real problem because
Facebook refused to remove photographs, but because of competition from
Google+ it had started to remove photos at peoples request.
Alarmingly, 42 percent of respondents said it would be possible
to identify their relationship with other people, including family and
friends.
"If you have someone in the service who is trying to remain
anonymous for whatever reason, it is still possible through other relationships
to find them," Keelty said.

Link
- via Schneier
on Security
The image above is from the undisputed best movie of the century, Undercover
Brother.

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