Currently in the news is the story of a Washington man updating his Facebook while on the run. Not just status updates, everything from commenting on friends posts, to changing his relationship status.
This isn’t the first time someone has done this, and it likely won’t be the last, but it does bring up the interesting subject of what information Facebook and other social sites will provide law enforcement officials.
As illustrated by the “Craigslist Killer” case, Facebook will provide pretty much everything. Beyond copies of your status updates (public or private) and all the information you have posted to the site, Facebook will provide IP addresses and any location information.
The moral of the story is not to commit crime so the police don’t have to subpoena your social media accounts. But for all of us law-abiding citizens this does serve as a nice reminder to think before you post.