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#DisruptJ20 #DC Police Demand Facebook To Hand Over Data of Activists

The Washington DC police department subpoenaed Facebook for information about several people who were kettled and arrested during the #DisruptJ20 protests against the inauguration of Donald Trump on Jan. 20.


Direct action during the #DisruptJ20 protests on January 20th, 2017 in Washington DC.

Written by Riot Turtle

On February 1, one of the one of the persons who was arrested at protests over the inauguration of Donald Trump received an email from Facebook’s “Law Enforcement Response Team.” (pic below)


Another document shows the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the District of Columbia issued a subpoena to Facebook on Jan. 27, which was signed by an officer at the police department. The document appears to show D.C. police are looking for the social data of several protesters. You can find the document here.

According to the Facebook “Government Request Report” database, U.S. law enforcement requested information on the accounts of 38,951 users over January to June of 2016, and they received some type of data in 80 percent of cases.

The information Facebook give to authorities depends on which “legal process” authorities send to the social media company. A subpoena or a court order includes the individual’s “name, length of service, credit card information, email address(es), and a recent login/logout IP address(es).” The IP adress could lead to a physical adress of an apartment. A search warrant allows Facebook to give even more information, including content data like “messages, photos, videos, timeline posts, and location information.”

DC police also kept the cell phones of all #DisruptJ20 arrestee’s. One of the arrestee’s Gmail account showed account activity from their mobile device, which was in police possession. It seems like the police had the phones out, instead of properly securing them  in evidence bags, causing concerns that police were mining them for content pre-trial.

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