DOJ Settles Suit Over Bogus Facebook Page
Here is an update on the lawsuit brought by Sondra Arquiett against the DOJ for creating a bogus Facebook page in her name and likeness and then using that page to interact with suspected drug dealers. Apparently, the DOJ has decided to settle the suit for $134,000. As noted previously, Arquiett had argued that DOJ’s actions violated her constitutional rights and the Federal Tort Claims Act.
According to the DOJ, “this settlement demonstrates that the government is mindful of its obligation to ensure the rights of third parties are not infringed upon in the course of its efforts to bring those who commit federal crimes to justice. It also takes into account emerging personal privacy concerns in the age of social media, and represents a fair resolution of plaintiff’s claims.” This current position stands in contrast to an earlier statement by the DOJ in which it defended its policy of creating bogus social media pages.