Posted by: johnocunningham | July 20, 2012

Privacy Settings for Social Media: Not Always So Private

We all know about the ability of hackers to penetrate social media sites to rob or disseminate information. But when we post information that is “restricted” to our followers or members of our social media “group” we do not always envision other ways in which that information can go public.

Social media information is often now the centerpiece of litigation between and among spouses, business partners, persons who are claiming defamation, and other potential parties to lawsuits.

In a recent case of first impression in New York, a criminal judge has ruled that Twitter, Inc. must hand over tweets, as well as otherwise private user information related to an Occupy Wall Street protester charged with disorderly conduct and other offenses.

For a look at the amicus brief filed in this case, and for a good summary of the issues involved, check out this New York Law Journal story posted on


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