When I hear about social security fraud, it makes me mad. When I hear about social security disability fraud, it makes me even madder.
That’s why I was shocked when I read this latest news about a huge Social Security Disability fraud scandal.
Reuters reports: New York state’s highest court on Tuesday rejected Facebook Inc’s challenge to 381 search warrants to uncover suspected widespread Social Security disability fraud by its customers.
By a 5-1 vote, the Court of Appeals said it lacked jurisdiction to hear Facebook’s appeal over warrants obtained by the office of Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus Vance Jr.
Even though this kind of fraud makes me angry, because there are people out there who really need social security disability, I did see a couple of points that people were making about how the government wants to go about catching those suspected of it on Facebook.
Among the targets were retired police officers and firefighters suspected of feigning illness after the Sept. 11, 2001 attack on the World Trade Center.
…Judge Rowan Wilson dissented, saying the decision deprived Facebook of “any meaningful recourse” against the “en masse” data seizure, including from high school students who had the misfortune of knowing people suspected of disability fraud.
“Although seizing social media content to help curtain widespread disabilities fraud may seem to some a good bargain,” Wilson wrote, “the concern of this case … is not with crime waves, but with the protection of the individual against the power of the government.”
‘Protection of the individual’ is the most important goal here.
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