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Facebook Private Info Increasingly Used In Court 270

Posted by CmdrTaco
from the poking-for-fun-and-profit dept.
Orome1 writes "Making the content of your Facebook account private can thwart the social network's plan to share as much information as possible with advertisers, but may not keep out lawyers looking for material that will contradict your statements in a court of law. US lawyers have been trying to gain permission to access the private parts of social network accounts for a while now, but it seems that only lately they have begun to be successful in their attempts. And this turn of events is another perfectly good reason to think twice about what you post online."
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Facebook Private Info Increasingly Used In Court

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  • by Anonymous Coward on Wednesday February 02, 2011 @11:54AM (#35079916)

    Facebook has always honored valid subpoenas, and lawyers have always been able to get them for this kind of info.
    It's more that only now have lawyers started to catch up to the idea that it's a good source of info.

    Look at the history of presentations at lawyer conferences, and you will see in the past year or so talks on what info you can gain from social network accounts, and e-discovery type stuff have started happening more and more.

    So basically, it was just because lawyers are generally close to grandparents when it comes to the technology knowledge curve

  • by goffster (1104287) on Wednesday February 02, 2011 @12:22PM (#35080158)

    My mom is a family law attorney and uses facebook to consistently tear down
    the defenses of liars on the witness stand.

At the source of every error which is blamed on the computer you will find at least two human errors, including the error of blaming it on the computer.