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What is Social Networking's Place in the Courtroom?

PRIVACY LAW

March 17, 2010

Law Times reports that evidence gathered from social networking sites has been used increasingly in areas such as criminal justice, family law and jury selection in the U.S., while many Canadian employers monitor staff members' online profiles for derogatory statements about their work. "Social networking sites can provide a wealth of information for lawyers," writes author and attorney John Browning. "From educational background and work history to intimate revelations and incriminating video, this digital treasure trove is yours for the taking when access is unlimited." When it comes to use of such material, the report states, some argue that "privacy is becoming an anachronism" while, on the other side, "there's the reality that people are willingly offering up intimate details of their lives by posting blogs and photographs."
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