Facebook: Nowhere to run, nowhere to hide

00000I’ve written before about the, often ludicrous, ways in which criminals have advertised their crimes on social media and ended up being apprehended as a result. This week, three rather more serious stories which demonstrate how difficult Facebook makes it to stay anonymous in the 21st Century. First, a story from the US on the new difficulties facing undercover law enforcement personnel. Woman arrested for posting Facebook photos of undercover cop A Texas woman was arrested …

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Advise, Assist and Unfriend

00000Probation officers use social media for many different reasons. Promoting the work of the service. Building alliances with local commissioners and other stakeholders. Discussing best practice around desistance etc. Keeping up to date with criminal justice policy and research. Recently, they’ve also started to monitor high risk offenders via their use of Facebook in particular. In fact, in the US, probation officers have even used Facebook to track down offenders who have breached their orders. …

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