Federal Internet Law & Policy
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| 4th A :: Open Source & Social Media
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"Open source" content is content that is publicly available. This
may also be known as an "unrestricted source." This could be a
newspaper, a magazine, a flier posted on a telephone pole, or a
website. There is "no expectation of privacy" in open source
content. DOJ's 1999 Guidance states
Law Enforcement agents may obtain information from publicly accessible
online sources and facilities under the same conditions as they may
obtain information from other sources generally open to the public.
This Principle applies to publicly accessible sources located in
foreign jurisdictions as well as those in the Unite States. [DOJ 1999 p viii]
Subcommittee Hearing: DHS Monitoring of Social Networking and Media: Enhancing Intelligence Gathering and Ensuring Privacy
- United States Department of Justice “Online Investigative Principles for Federal Law Enforcement Agents,” The Online Investigations Working Group, 1999.
- United States Department of Justice, “Attorney General Guidelines for Domestic FBI Operations,” 2008.