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Government pays out $134,000 over fake Facebook page

Government pays out $134,000 over fake Facebook page
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In October of last year, I told you about a DEA agent who created a fake Facebook page using photos of a real woman without her consent. The government has agreed to pay out $134,000 to settle a suit filed by the woman, but the DEA still isn't admitting it did anything wrong.

Sondra Arquiett was arrested in July 2010 charges of possession with intent to distribute cocaine. DEA Agent Timothy Sinnigen later created a fake Facebook profile in Arquiett's name (then going by Sondra Prince) to use in other investigations.

Agent Sinnigen posted photos on Facebook collected from Arquiett's cellphone, including images of her son and niece.

Despite agreeing to pay Arquiett over $100,000 to settle her suit, the government isn't admitting any fault.

The Justice Department said at the time the suit was filed that Arquiett implicitly agreed to the use of her data because they were on her cellphone when she was arrested in July 2010 on charges of possession with intent to distribute cocaine, for which she served six months of weekend incarceration.

Facebook, however, did send a letter to DEA Administrator Michele Leonhart saying the agent's actions were "a knowing and serious breach of Facebook's terms and policies."

Did the DEA agent go too far when he used Arquiett's photos without her knowledge? On the one hand, I fully support our law enforcement officers getting drug dealers and other criminals off the street. But, we still need to know that our right to privacy will be protected.

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Source: NBC
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