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Do the police have free access to Facebook accounts?

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Do the police have free access to Facebook accounts?

If you have strict privacy settings on your FB account, do the cops still have free access to everything in your account without your knowledge?
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I would suspect they'd at least need a warrant. After that, I'm not sure if FB would cooperate with them.

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Do they need a warrant to access your cell phone records?
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Becks wrote:
Jan 20th, 2017 4:19 pm
If you have strict privacy settings on your FB account, do the cops still have free access to everything in your account without your knowledge?
No. may be CSIS.
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Becks wrote:
Jan 20th, 2017 4:32 pm
Do they need a warrant to access your cell phone records?
No
"A December 2014 decision by the Supreme Court of Canada allows the police to search some information in cell phones without a warrant when making an arrest. This controversial ruling is the first to consider cell phones as part of a search relating to an arrest.Mar 16, 2015"
https://pencanada.ca/news/can-the-polic ... -my-phone/
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Messerschmitt wrote:
Jan 20th, 2017 5:19 pm
Stop doing naughty things. You will get caught
I thinks it too late. Op seems very nervous with all these questions.

Op, you have nothing to worry about. Just walk into the Police Department and admit it. First step in healing is admittance.
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Becks wrote:
Jan 20th, 2017 4:19 pm
If you have strict privacy settings on your FB account, do the cops still have free access to everything in your account without your knowledge?
Facebook does not have to notify you when cops access your information stored on their servers.

from https://www.facebook.com/about/privacy/#

How do we respond to legal requests or prevent harm?

We may access, preserve and share your information in response to a legal request (like a search warrant, court order or subpoena) if we have a good faith belief that the law requires us to do so. This may include responding to legal requests from jurisdictions outside of the United States where we have a good faith belief that the response is required by law in that jurisdiction, affects users in that jurisdiction, and is consistent with internationally recognized standards. We may also access, preserve and share information when we have a good faith belief it is necessary to: detect, prevent and address fraud and other illegal activity; to protect ourselves, you and others, including as part of investigations; or to prevent death or imminent bodily harm. For example, we may provide information to third-party partners about the reliability of your account to prevent fraud and abuse on and off of our Services. Information we receive about you, including financial transaction data related to purchases made with Facebook, may be accessed, processed and retained for an extended period of time when it is the subject of a legal request or obligation, governmental investigation, or investigations concerning possible violations of our terms or policies, or otherwise to prevent harm. We also may retain information from accounts disabled for violations of our terms for at least a year to prevent repeat abuse or other violations of our terms.

Becks wrote:
Jan 20th, 2017 4:32 pm
Do they need a warrant to access your cell phone records?
A court order/warrant and 'government requirement letter' is needed to access cell phone records

from http://www.rogers.com/consumer/privacy-crtc

TYPES OF REQUESTS
2. Court order/warrant:
Legal authority: Issued under the Criminal Code or other Canadian law.

Details: A court order or warrant includes production orders, summons, subpoenas, and search warrants issued by a judge or other judicial officer. It compels us to provide customer information to police or other authorities, or to attend court to provide evidence/testimony about customer information.

Examples of info provided: Customer account information like name and address, payment history, billing records, and/or call records.

2. Government requirement letter:
Legal authority: Issued under laws such as the Customs Act or Income Tax Act.

Details: An order that compels us to provide customer information to the requesting agency.

Examples of info provided: Customer account information like payment history, billing records, and/or call records.
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Nothing is secure on the internet. If the police want to see what is in your Facebook account, they will.
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Becks wrote:
Jan 20th, 2017 4:32 pm
Do they need a warrant to access your cell phone records?
Okay Becks, what exactly did you do this time?

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A better question is what standard Facebook holds your privacy to. In a customer-focused world, they would do what Teksavvy did when the government tried to sneak in the back door to acquire their customer info. They told their customers and fought the court orders. I'm not suggesting this was completely altruistic, as Teksavvy likely didn't want a reputation of spying on its customers, just like Apple doesn't want to build a back door to their phones which makes having encryption pointless.

I imagine Facebook has similar considerations although they have a somewhat more captive audience.
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For example. If you put in your real mobile # into those various social media sites, you put a real name to digital face... So Facebook isn't the only thing you need to worry about, CSIS knows all
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Pro tip: Don't post cool pics of yourself doing drugs.
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Hairball wrote:
Jan 20th, 2017 11:27 pm
Pro tip: Don't post cool pics of yourself doing drugs.
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