Internet privacy is an ever growing concern in our tech-savvy era. Recently, United States senators John McCain and John Kerry introduced a bill that called for an internet “privacy bill of rights” in conjunction with the Department of Commerce.

“Does the bill do enough to protect our privacy?” The St. Louis Today reported on Monday that federal investigators have recently begun obtaining warrants to search Facebook for “photographs, email addresses, cell phone numbers, lists of friends who might double as partners in crime, and see GPS locations that could help disprove alibis”.

These investigations raise “constitutional and evidentiary issues that must be considered, including privacy and the right against unreasonable searches and seizures” according to Chief U.S. District Judge Gerald E. Rosen, of Wayne State University.

Questions Raised:

  • Do Facebook searches violate the Fourth Amendment?
  • Does Facebook need to disclose when they get requests for user account information?
  • Do search warrants give the Federal Government enough authority to search user account information on Facebook?
  • Do you think user information on Facebook should be admissible in criminal prosecution?
  • Should Congress consider adding protections to their internet bill of rights that relate to social networking sites?

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