A report from the Division of Justice Workplace of the Inspector Basic discovered that FBI particular brokers “typically used pictures of young feminine help workers employees to pose as minor youngsters or intercourse employees to entice sexual predators on numerous social media web sites.”
The report got here after a particular agent was alleged to have had an inappropriate relationship with an FBI staffer that “included the FBI particular agent requesting the help workers worker present him with provocative footage of herself for on-line [undercover] operations,” in accordance to the report. That agent informed employees not to inform anybody, together with their supervisors, about his operations, and didn’t preserve any documentation about how the photos have been obtained or used, and the FBI didn’t have data of the place they have been posted or whether or not they have been nonetheless up.
Usually, the FBI didn’t have any coverage on getting written consent earlier than utilizing photos for on-line undercover work and there wasn’t any specific oversight of how they have been used, in accordance to the report.
The report beneficial that the FBI undertake insurance policies across the use of photos of non-certified undercover employees for on-line operations and, if the FBI continues the observe, set formal pointers, get written consent from employees, doc when and the place photos are used. In a response shared with the report, the FBI mentioned it “absolutely accepts these suggestions” and can replace its pointers “within the coming weeks.”