European Data Protection Digest

Judge Allows Social Network Suit To Proceed

PRIVACY LAW—UK

February 24, 2012

A UK judge has served legal papers via Facebook in a case where one defendant was difficult to locate, Mobiledia reports. The move sets a precedent in the UK "for using the social media site in an official legal capacity," the report states. "It's a fairly natural progression," said a lawyer representing one of the parties in the case. "A High Court judge has already ruled that an injunction can be served via Twitter, so it's a hop, skip and a jump away from that to allow claims to be served via Facebook." Similar allowances have been made in Australia, New Zealand and the UK county court system.  
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