Friday, June 4, 2010

Messages on Facebook & MySpace are Protected Information

From the e-discovery Journal: "A Judge ruled that Facebook wall postings and MySpace comments may not be subpoenaed based on the 1986 Stored Communications Act which is the same statute before the US Supreme Court in Quon v. Arch Wireless. US District Judge Margaret Morrow’s May 26, 2010 37 page Order in Buckley H. Crispin v. Christian Audigier, Inc. et al reversed a ruling from an US Magistrate Judge that defendants in a copyright infringement case could not subpoena private message on Facebook MySpace. This ruling is particularly interesting since the April 7, 2010 White House Order that all postings on blogs and social media sites are public meetings under federal law. Clearly courts will be vexed by these complex issues as social media continues to grow and change communications. It is any wonder that the 1986 Stored Communications Act may need to be updated or totally replaced since clearly the courts and the White House are not in synch?"

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