School Safety and Social Networking Sites – A DVD
MySpace, Facebook, YouTube and Others
Sgt. Corey MacDonald,
Esq. is the prosecuting attorney for the Portsmouth, NH,
Police Department, and is a member of the New Hampshire and
Massachusetts Bar. He is a Drug Recognition expert, and is
recognized as the most knowledgeable law enforcement person
in the country on MySpace.com. He spent a year on
MySpace.com as a school resource officer and has lectured
before school and law enforcement groups throughout the
country. In this DVD, Sgt. MacDonald details how to use
MySpace.com and other popular social networking sites as an
investigative tool. You will learn:
1. Getting Started
– the premier online social networking site.
b) Who can
be an online investigator?
2. Using MySpace for Investigative Purposes
evidence of past/present crimes.
at-risk youth; monitor social behavior.
gang and hate group recruiting.
your own children’s activity.
Proactively police pedophiles.
3. Why are Youth Drawn to MySpace?
a) A false
perception of anonymity
to portray an image
to no supervision
sites: pornography/identity theft
c) Gang and
hate group recruitment
5. Establish an Open or Closed Site
i. Tool to
attract information; identifies who you are.
Mandatory reporter considerations
Undercover site; may violate MySpace’s TOS.
Requires supervisor’s cooperation; two sets of eyes; one person to run
the site/one to monitor.
Saving/printing comments and pictures
active is site?
d) Link to
commercial site; pornography, web cams.
pages – one user may have multiple pages.
7. Seizing Information
Amendment protects MySpace privacy.
Electronic Communications Privacy Act governs ability to disclose
information. Requires government process to release information, to
include subpoenas, court orders, search warrants.
8. Time Guidelines for Obtaining Information
guidelines for retrieving: basic user identity information, stored
files, general info; IP address logs; private user communications;
private sent messages; private messages in trash; deleted accounts.
9. How Long Will MySpace Preserve Records?
10. How to Build a Closed Site
11. Gang Recruitment
12. Emergency Disclosures
information can MySpace disclose to a fed/state/local government entity?
b) When is
emergency disclosure warranted?
13. Introducing MySpace Evidence
Admissions; what may be used in court to show guilt.
Foundation; who found the evidence, what training did they have, who
saved/printed page (chain of custody).
14. MySpace Resources
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