Have you ever wondered exactly what information Facebook turns over when complying with a request from law enforcement?

The Boston Phoenix obtained the information Facebook sent to the Boston Police Department in the case of late “Craigslist Killer” Philip Markoff.

The information Facebook supplied to the Boston Police Department, on paper, included:

  • Wall posts;
  • Photos that Markoff uploaded and was tagged in;
  • His friends on Facebook (unpublished by The Boston Phoenix); and
  • Log-in and Internet-protocol data.

Markoff committed suicide in a Boston jail in August 2010, but, as The Boston Phoenix pointed out, the files released by the Boston Police Department contained information on 308 of his Facebook friends. That information is now publicly available, although the newspaper chose to unpublish it.

Readers: What is your reaction to the amount of data Facebook provided to the Boston Police Department to aid its investigation in the Markoff case?

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