Protecting Personal, Private Information for LE

FLEOA Statement on Protecting Personal, Private Information for Law Enforcement and Families

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                                                                 August 4, 2020 

WASHINGTON, DC – Today, Larry Cosme National President of the Federal Law Enforcement Officers Association (FLEOA) issued the following press release regarding "doxing” following the tragic murder of U.S. District Court Judge Esther Salas’ son and other invasive criminal activity directed at federal law enforcement: 

"This week, Judge Salas released a video discussing the dangers associated with the release of personal, private information to criminals. In her case, that release had tragic results,” Cosme explained. "Recently in Portland, federal law enforcement also suffered from invasive criminal activity when 38 federal law enforcement officer’s personal private information was released. This practice is dangerous and damaging.” 

"The criminal release of private information is known as doxing, which is an Internet-based practice of researching and publicly broadcasting private or identifying information. The methods employed to acquire this information include searching publicly available databases and social media websites (like Facebook), hacking, and social engineering. It is closely related to Internet vigilantism and hacktivism,” Cosme further explained. 

"Current federal law is inadequate in addressing this rising dangerous criminal trend. Only two federal statutes, the Interstate Communications Statute and the Interstate Stalking Statute are available on the subject. Both are badly outdated and in need of Congressional action to update the legislation to reflect the evolving uses of internet by criminal actors,” Cosme continued. 

"The dangers of cybercrimes, and specifically doxing, have become too prevalent in the law enforcement community,” said Cosme. "Congress needs to act and update federal statutes so the targeting of federal law enforcement officers, judges, prosecutors, and others can be correctly prosecuted.” 

Cosme concluded, "Those responsible for endangering the lives of law enforcement and their families must be apprehended and punished. In order for that to happen, we need Congress to do its job first so that federal law enforcement can do theirs.” 

FLEOA is the nation’s largest non-partisan, not-for-profit professional association representing more than 28,000 federal law enforcement officers and agents across 65 federal agencies.