What Do The Police Actually Get When They Subpoena Your Facebook Account?
We’ve all heard the stories of people convicted on crimes where the evidence included things like their Google searches or their Facebook posting but in order to get that Facebook information the police first need to subpoena Facebook.
It apparently is pretty easy to do with a simple form that includes your Facebook email address, user ID or username. Then when Facebook has that form they will create an archive for the police to go through.
So what does that archive contain?
Well thanks to Matthew Panzarino at The Next Web we now have a good idea of what the police will be receiving.
- User ID number
- Email address
- Date and Time of your account’s creation
- The most recent logins, usually the last 2-3 days
- Your phone number, if you registered it
- Profile contact info
- Status update history
- Wall posts
- Friends list
- Groups list
- Future and past events
- Private messages
- IP logs (computers and locations you logged in from)
In other words just about everything you have done on Facebook is in the hands of the police, oh and as an extra bonus they get a complete list of your friends.
Apparently Facebook doesn’t put up much of a protest either.