Lauren Riley reports:
Liverpool City Council staff are taking on the role of Big Brother after being given the power to snoop on people on sites such as Facebook for “enforcement purposes”.
The review of staff at Liverpool City Council found that the use of social networking sites was “appropriate” and those using these mediums was “doing so proprely”.
A recommendation by the Office of Surveillance Commissioners (OSC) prompted the review which cleared officers to take a Big Brother role in their detective work.
In the last year the council has used surveillance on 28 occasions for crimes such as sales of alcohol or tobacco to underage teenagers and an exercise about the sale of knives to children.
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So are they gaining access to non-public information on social media sites or are they only viewing public posts and tweets? It sounds like the former, but the reporter does not explain how the council is requesting info or how social media sites are responding. Does anyone have additional information on this?