Legal Dilemmas of Social Networking, Part 3: Deceptive Practices and Ethical Concerns

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As I stated in Parts 1 and 2 of this series, these posts are based on the day-long conference entitled Social Networking: Friends or Foes? (now on MP3) hosted by the Samuelson Law, Technology & Public Policy Clinic, the Berkeley Center for Law & Technology, the Berkeley Center for Criminal Justice and the UC Berkeley School of Law. The discussion addressed the legal and ethical issues facing lawyers and investigators using social networking contents in legal matters. In Part 1, I discussed the public's expectation of privacy of the information posted on social network sites. In Part 2, I focused on the underlying law that relates to obtaining social network information for use in investigations and prosecutions of criminal and civil cases. Today, I will address ethical considerations regarding current practices to obtain or obstruct use of this information.

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