Judge to Debt Collector: No Social Media
PRIVACY LAW—U.S.March 11, 2011
A Florida debt collection agency has one less tool in its quiver for contacting debtors. The Sydney Morning Herald reports that a judge has ordered Mark One Financial LLC not to contact a debtor or her family or friends via Facebook. Attorney Billy Howard said in doing so, the company violated his client's privacy and a provision of the state's consumer protection law. He said that debt collectors are turning to social media increasingly to retrieve payments and, increasingly, debtors are looking for legal remedy. "It's the beginning of an epidemic," Howard said.