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Obtaining and Using Evidence From Social Networking Sites

Obtaining and Using Evidence From Social Networking Sites

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The Justice Department released a presentation entitled "Obtaining and Using Evidence from Social Networking Sites." The slides, which were prepared by two lawyers from the agency's Computer Crime and Intellectual Property Section, detail several social media companies' data retention practices and responses to law enforcement requests.
The Justice Department released a presentation entitled "Obtaining and Using Evidence from Social Networking Sites." The slides, which were prepared by two lawyers from the agency's Computer Crime and Intellectual Property Section, detail several social media companies' data retention practices and responses to law enforcement requests.

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U.S.
Department of Justice
Criminal Division
Washington, D.C. 20530
CRM-200900732F
MAR 3 2010
Mr. James TuckerMr. Shane WitnovElectronic Frontier Foundation454 Shotwell StreetSan Francisco, CA 94110Dear Messrs Tucker and Witnov:This is an interim response to your request dated October 6, 2009 for access to recordsconcerning "use of social networking websites (including, but not limited to Facebook, MySpace,Twitter, Flickr and other online social media) for investigative (criminal or otherwise) or datagathering purposes created since January 2003, including, but not limited to:1) documents that contain information on the use of
"fake
identities" to "trick" users "intoaccepting a [government] official as friend" or otherwise provide information to he governmentas described in the Boston Globe article quoted above;2) guides, manuals, policy statements, memoranda, presentations, or other materialsexplaining how government agents should collect information on social networking websites:3) guides, manuals, policy statements, memoranda, presentations, or other materials,detailing how or when government agents may collect information through social networkingwebsites;4) guides, manuals, policy statements, memoranda, presentations and other materialsdetailing what procedures government agents must follow to collect information through social-networking websites;5) guides, manuals, policy statements, memorandum, presentations, agreements (bothformal and informal) with social-networking companies, or other materials relating to privilegeduser access by the Criminal Division to the social networking websites;6) guides, manuals, memoranda, presentations or other materials for using anyvisualization programs, data analysis programs or tools used to analyze data gathered from socialnetworks;
 
7) contracts, requests for proposals, or purchase orders for any visualization programs,data analysis programs or tools used to analyze data gathered from social networks.8) guides, manuals, policy statements, memoranda, presentations, or other materialsdescribing how information collected from social-networking websites is retained in governmentdatabases or shared with other government agencies."While processing your request, we located one record totaling 33 pages. After carefulreview of this document we determined to release this item in part. We are withholding portionsof the record pursuant to the exemption in 5 U.S.C. 552(b)(6)which permits the withholding ofpersonnel and medical files and similar files the disclosure of which would constitute a clearlyunwarranted invasion of personal privacy. The withheld material consists of work telephonenumbers and e-mail addresses of DOJ attorneys.We will continue to search for any additional documents that may be responsive to yourrequest. We estimate that it make take approximately fourteen days to complete the processingof your request.Although your FOIA request is the subject of litigation, I am nonetheless required byregulation to inform you that you that you have a right to an to an administrative appeal of thispartial denial of your request. Your appeal should be addressed to: The Office of InformationPolicy, United States Department of Justice, 1425 New York Ave., NW, Suite 11050,Washington, DC 20530-0001. Both the envelope and the letter should be clearly marked withthe legend "FOIA Appeal." Department regulations provide that such appeals must be receivedby the Office of Information Policy within sixty days of the date of this letter.Sincerely,Rena Y. Kim, ChiefFreedom of Information/Privacy Act UnitOffice of Enforcement OperationsCriminal Division
 
Obtaining and Using Evidence fromSocial Networking Sites
Facebook, MySpace, Linkedln, and More
John Lynch
Deputy Chief, Computer CrimeComputer Crime & Intellectual Property Section
Jenny Ellickson
Trial AttorneyComputer Crime & Intellectual Property Section

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