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The Wall Street Journal reports that a Suffolk County, NY judge has ruled in a personal-injury lawsuit that material posted to online social networks--even when posted behind privacy settings--can be used as evidence in court. In the case, a woman sued the manufacturer of an allegedly defective office chair for injuries she claimed to have suffered when she fell out of her seat. Pictures and posts on Facebook indicated the woman wasn't as disabled as she'd claimed. The judge ruled that users consent to the sharing of their personal information when they sign up to such sites. "Indeed, that is the very nature and purpose of these social networking sites, or they would cease to exist." (Registration may be required to access this story.)
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