Such a relationship developing between big tech and law enforcement could have worrying implications from a privacy perspective, and even offer up opportunities for abuses of power. Ben Pick, senior application security consultant at nVisium, commented: “On the surface, Facebook complying with the FBI to deliver data on end users who were present at the Capitol Hill Riot is a positive. However, the same process could be abused to obtain information on political rivals or members of the press investigating government officials. The best solution is much more complex and would require such data deliveries to be more mandated and used under only extreme scenarios.”

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