French police on Facebook 'targets for foreign spies'

17th November 2010, Comments 0 comments

French police bosses have warned their rank and file to be careful about Facebook posts and Twitter tweets, saying they make them prime targets for recruitment by foreign intelligence agencies.

Police director Frederic Pechenard said in an internal memo seen by AFP on Wednesday that "numerous police and administrative personnel" are on Facebook and Twitter "detailing aspects of their personal and professional lives."

"This information is liable to expose those concerned to malicious acts because of their profession (and) could damage their reputation as well as that of the police," Pechenard wrote.

He warned that those with secret defence clearance in particular "by being on social networks are exposing themselves to possible approaches by foreign intelligence agencies."

Anyone breaching professional ethics rules will be subject to criminal and disciplinary proceedings, the memo said.

© 2010 AFP

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