Published by LawTechie - September 27, 2010 - LawTechie

“[P]rivacy is no longer grounded in reasonable expectations, but rather in some theoretical protocol better known as wishful thinking,” notes the Court in Romano v. Steelcase Inc., 2010 WL 3703242 (N.Y.Sup. September 21, 2010). Citing a law review article and recent caselaw on the issue of internet privacy, the Court ruled to compel a personal injury plaintiff to consent to the production of the contents of her Myspace and Facebook accounts.

The Court deep-sixed plaintiff’s 4th Amendment argument, ruling that the act of placing her private info into the “public” internet realm via social networking effectively destroyed any expectation of privacy she may have had in that information.

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