RCMP Confirms It Bought a Tool that ‘Unlocks’ Hidden Facebook Friends

The Nova Scotia division of the RCMP bought use of a tool designed to “unlock” lists of friends that Facebook users set to be hidden.

The Web Identity Search Tool was also built to extract entire user timelines from Facebook.

But now, following a Tyee investigation and a Facebook legal complaint to WIST’s developer LTAS Technologies, the Toronto-based company has removed marketing information about the tool from its website and its CEO has told The Tyee the product is “discontinued.”


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