FB retaliates against use of user information by law enforcement agencies 

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Facebook has asked Untied States law enforcement agencies to respect and obey Facebook rules and to stop the collection of user data.

This stance from FB comes after information about how a narcotic agent impersonated a facebook user to communicate and gather intelligence on suspects. Drug Enforcement Administration this week after learning that a narcotics agent had impersonated a user named Sondra.

In his letter to the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA)head Michele Leonhart, Facebook’s Chief Security Officer Joe Sullivan said that not only did the practice  violate the site’s terms of service, but also threatened Facebook’s trust-based social ecosystem.

Sullivan writes:

Facebook has long made clear that law enforcement authorities are subject to these policies. We regard the conduct to be a knowing and serious breach of Facebook’s terms and policies, and the account created by the agent in the Arquiett matter has been disabled.

Accordingly, Facebook asks that the DEA immediately confirm that it has ceased all activities on Facebook that involve the impersonation of others or that otherwise violate our terms and policies.

So far, it is unclear whether the DEA has responded, although the US Department of Justice has independently launched an investigation into the practice. We commend Facebook for holding the agency accountable.

But we also think Facebook should go further in protecting users and the integrity of its services. The DEA isn’t the only law enforcement agency creating fake profiles on Facebook, and fake profiles are not the only way that law enforcement agencies routinely violate the site’s terms of service.”

This is not the first time that information on Facebook has come under scrutiny. Previously too FB had to deal with allegations for tracking user details. In fact according to poll conducted by CNBC.com and Survey Monkey, 45 percent of the users surveyed stated that FB is the company that they are mostly concerned about in terms of collection of personal data, Google ranked second with 21 percent and Apple stepped into third place with 6.6 percent while 13 percent of those surveyed stated that privacy was not a concern.

Meanwhile, the poll by CNBC also states that Facebook also viewed as the company most likely to have a corporate scandal.

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