Sondra Arquiett AKA Sondra Prince lost her phone in an arrest. It was confiscated by law enforcement, but it’s what they did with the information and pictures in her phone that has people buzzing. DEA agent Timothy Sinnigen, took her racy personal photos as well as photos of her very young son and niece and used them to set up a fake Facebook page in her name. The agent sent friend requests to suspected criminals in an effort to gather enough information to arrest them.
Arquiett found out about the fake page, which Facebook has taken down, when a friend asked her about the pictures. She pulled up the page and was surprised to see her private photos and personal information on a Facebook page she had not set up.
Justice department officials are reviewing the actions of the DEA agent, who insists he had every right to use her information in his investigative efforts. Facebook, however, doesn’t care who you are. Setting up a page using someone else’s identity is a clear violation of Facebook’s terms.
Arquiett didn’t take the fake page lying down and filed suit against Sinnigen, citing unauthorized postings that put her life in danger. Sinnigen admitted to the postings without permission, but claimed she had agreed to help in the investigation, so he had a right to post them.
I’ll be following the reports from Leaders Magazine’s as the outcome of this case will have far reaching repercussions for both the web and the government.