California Police Chief- Fall 2013 - Page 10

WHEN OFFICERS BECOME THE TARGET: How to Protect Yourself from A fter the fatal shooting of a man by a LAPD police officer in March, an anonymous person posted the officer’s private information online. This information included the officer’s home address, phone number, and other personal details including his child’s school. This practice of researching and broadcasting personally identifiable information about an individual is referred to as doxing (or doxxing) and is typically 10 California Police Chief | www.californiapolicechiefs.org Doxing done with malicious intent. The information published can be anything from home addresses to vehicle identification to social media accounts. Once an individual has been exposed through doxing, they may be targeted for online harassment. Doxing is becoming enough of a concern that the FBI and the Internet Crime Complaint Center (IC3) have issued warnings to law enforcement and public officials.