Many people have the expectation that what they type, look at, watch, and share on a smart device is private. But privacy and the internet—especially social media platforms—has become a sticky situation for the legal profession. The belief that a tweet, a message, an email, even a visit to an internet site remains solely a personal concern isn’t a hard and fast line—and neither is it a guarantee that information on social media will be relevant and useable to a court case.
In generally, lawyers and judges are watching other court cases closely to see the results of individual questions related to social media privacy. Requests that are too broad have less of a chance of being held up than those that are very specific and also pursuant to the case.
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The Irony of Privacy Settings: Can Lawyers Use Social Media Posts in a Court of Law?