DEA Uses Woman's Identity, Photos Without Consent to Catch Criminals
A New York woman is suing the Drug Enforcement Agency after an agent used her name and racy photographs to create a fake Facebook page to catch criminals.
The DEA says the woman - who was previously arrested for drug possession - promised to cooperate in ongoing investigations, and the photos posted on the fake profile were taken from her cell phone.
The woman says not only was she unaware that her identity would be used by the DEA, but she did not give consent for her personal photographs to be used, especially those that show her young son and niece.
The lawsuit has raised questions about Americans' right to privacy and what the government can legally do with our personal information.
“It’s very scary,” country music star John Rich said on Outnumbered today. “Everybody’s tracked, everybody’s pictures are everywhere.”
“It’s a pretty low move,” he said of the DEA using this woman's likeness without her consent.
Sandra Smith said the American public should get used to dealing with these complicated privacy issues.
“This is going to be a huge story going forward, because everybody is putting everything about themselves on the Internet, on Facebook, on Twitter,” Smith said.
Andrea Tantaros noted that in this case these were not publicly posted pictures, but instead were taken from the woman's phone by the DEA.
“I think people are willing to give up some level of privacy in the name of national security,” Tantaros concluded. “If you’re using it to capture terrorists, well, that’s one thing. But spying on average Americans? Not cool.”
Watch the clip from Outnumbered above.