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Facebook battles for user privacy in court

Facebook battles for user privacy in court
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In a shocking reversal, Facebook is actually fighting for your privacy. Specifically, it's fighting for the right to protect your data from government intrusion.

The government asked Facebook to hand over "all" account information for 381 accounts suspected of committing Social Security fraud. The Facebook users were allegedly faking various mental and physical disabilities in order to receive disability benefits.

Facebook's battle with a Manhattan prosecutor started when his team requested data for the entire group of suspected disability scammers.

“The government’s bulk warrants, which demand ‘all’ communications and information in 24 broad categories from the 381 targeted accounts, are the digital equivalent of seizing everything in someone’s home. Except here, it is not a single home but an entire neighborhood of nearly 400 homes,” Facebook wrote in a brief to the appeals court. “The vast scope of the government’s search and seizure here would be unthinkable in the physical world.”

Facebook's perspective is actually very similar to the Supreme Court's. Like our cellphones, the amount of data stored on social media websites is much more massive than any information that would be stored at someone's home.

While social media is a great way to catch fraudsters, Facebook is concerned about limitless warrants demanding every piece of information you've posted on Facebook.

For a company that makes its money on your personal information, I think this is a pretty surprising turn of events. Hopefully, Facebook will continue on this path.

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