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DOJ Made Fake Facebook Page Without Consent
By: Jessica Cherok
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Does getting arrested and having your cell phone searched count as giving consent for the Department of Justice to use the phone’s images to create a fake Facebook page? According to the Department of Justice, it does.

Sondra Arquiett was arrested several years ago in 2010, and later discovered that the DOJ had used her photos, including photos of her children, on a fake Facebook page. Arquiett claims she never consented to having the photos used; however, the DOJ insists that she “implicitly consented” when she allowed police officers access to her mobile phone.

The government believes that Arquiett “relinquished any expectation of privacy she may have had to photographs on her cell phone” when she allowed officers to search her phone. They did acknowledge she did not give permission for the photos to be used in any way, including the creation of the Facebook page.

Arquiett has now filed suit against the DOJ claiming emotional distress. She’s seeking $250,000 in damages.

The DOJ agent in question apparently used the page to send a friend request to a wanted fugitive under the guise of being Sondra Arquiett. Arquiett claims this put her in danger by making it look like she was willingly cooperating with authorities.

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Jessica Cherok is an advocate for online privacy, campaigning for ethical data practices and the protection of personal privacy.
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