Why Facebook Data Tends to Condemn You in Court

Facebook rebuffed the defense attorney???s subpoena seeking access to the conversation, citing the federal Stored Communications Act, which protects the privacy of electronic communications like e-mail ??? but which carves out an exemption for law enforcement, thus assisting prosecutors. ???It???s so one-sided ??? they cooperate 110 percent anytime someone in the government asks for information,??? one Oregon attorney told the Portland Oregonian, citing a separate case in which Facebook withheld conversations that could have disproved a rape charge, but turned over the same conversations when the prosecution demanded them.

Other defense attorneys voice similar complaints, and the judge in the murder case went so far as to call Facebook ???flippant??? and ???frustrating??? in its handling of the defense???s subpoenas. Facebook, for its part, has said it is inundated with judicial requests and tries to handle them uniformly within the confines of the law.

If you’ve done nothing wrong, you may not be able to get the evidence to show that.

2013 Award Categories : Institute of Public Administration New Zealand

Integrity and Trust

 Sponsored by the Justice Sector (the Ministry of Justice, the New Zealand Police, the Department of Corrections, the Crown Law Office and the Serious Fraud Office)

New Zealand has one of the most honest public services in the world.  The work done by public servants deserves to be valued and trusted.  The Justice Sector Award for Excellence in Integrity and Trust recognises the importance of that trust ??? and that it is hard won and easily lost.  The best programme of projects will be those where the organisation can demonstrate that people thought creatively about how to meet the highest standards of integrity and build trust with the people and communities they serve, or how to do the right thing where the normal rules or responses may not be enough.

New Zealand Parliament – 4. Dotcom Case — Actions of Government Communications Security Bureau

Dr Russel Norman: How can he be confident in the Minister’s oversight of the Government Communications Security Bureau when the inspector-general of Intelligence and Security, in his annual report of 2011, raised concerns about the operation of Government Communications Security Bureau authorisations to intercept communications, and, so far as we are aware, the Minister has never taken any action to follow up with the bureau why the Inspector-General has raised these concerns in his last report and what the Minister has done about it?

Keystone Cops too busy bowing to FBI demands

A few isolated incidents or part of an alarming pattern? It’s time we found out. In the Dotcom case, not only have our law enforcement agencies cut corners – or worse – in their excitement at being part of Uncle Sam’s world police team, in so doing they have broken New Zealand laws designed to protect the rights of the people they’ve sworn to uphold.

They’ve also broken our trust. That’s earned them medals from the FBI. We can’t leave it at that.

FBI, also bowing to demands, from US film studios.

New Zealand Parliament – 1. Dotcom Case – Actions of Government Communications Security Bureau

Rt Hon JOHN KEY: No. It is important to understand what the ministerial certificate is. The ministerial certificate is essentially a suppression order that was on the basis of an application by Kim Dotcom’s legal team to release the name of the Government Communications Security Bureau’s activity. It is not normal practice for us to do that. So, because the bureau believed it had acted lawfully, it asked the Acting Prime Minister to sign the ministerial certificate, which avoided it having to make that public statement.