A five-judge appeals court in New York has decided that your Facebook photos MAY be protected by the Fourth Amendment, but not ALL Facebook photos are protected. Sound confusing? I'll make it really simple!
It all started with some very incriminating vacation photos that state officials tried to recover back in 2013.
The state of New York claimed that nearly 400 employees, including some police officers and other public servants, were pretending to have illnesses and ailments that they really didn't suffer from to claim disability benefits. When state officials found out about the widespread fraud, they turned to social media to help build their case.
Some of the individuals mentioned in the case were posting images of themselves on their social media profiles frolicking on gorgeous beaches and enjoying lavish vacations, seemingly injury-free. The prosecution got word of this and tried to make a move on it.
Officials asked Facebook for 381 users' private photos, chat messages and account information so they could prove that these people were, in fact, scamming the government.