03/20/2012

Facebook's role in police investigations is growing

Actions raise debate on privacy rights, outdated laws

By Roger Yu
USA TODAY

Police investigators in Cincinnati stumbled upon an online video last year showing an act of armed robbery, helpfully taped by the perpetrators themselves.

The analysts at the city's Real Time Crime Center found the footage on a Facebook page while using the popular social-media site to investigate another crime. The suspects were eventually arrested.

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