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Making the content of your Facebook account private can thwart the social network's plan to share as much information possible with advertisers, but may not keep out lawyers looking for material that will contradict your statements in a court of law.
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Nothing on the Internet is private, don't people ever realize this? Also the lawsuits in this article are stupid. People really have nothing better to do than sue over something that could vary well be, and probably is, their own fault.
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A lot of people don't realize that if someone wants to commit identity theft one of the most important pieces of info they need is your birthday which a lot of people leave on there. I suppose if you were a lawyer you would just have to get a court order to view a facebook account set to private though?
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I suppose if you were a lawyer you would just have to get a court order to view a facebook account set to private though?
It says in the article . Also aren't date of births for the most part public info?
Edited by Zerkk - 2/2/11 at 9:01am
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It says in the article
Ya I didn't really read that far but wow those people deserve to loose. I don't feel sorry one bit for those people.

I was hit by a car and sued, I got about 64 grand, but I was actually hurt and defiantly not smiling and going on vacation weeks after the accident.
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Nothing on the internet is private, but none of it can be used without permission outside of law officials and enforcers.

Funny, that fit perfectly on one line.
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Great now those greedy bastards who falsely sue people wont get away with their lawsuits and people who do deserve to get money will.
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I disagree with this. If facebook says it's private, then it should be private.

Now I can see when this could be useful for people trying to commit fraud, but that shouldn't allow people to gain that kind of information nonetheless.
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post #8 of 27
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Originally Posted by james_ant View Post
Ya I didn't really read that far but wow those people deserve to loose. I don't feel sorry one bit for those people.

I was hit by a car and sued, I got about 64 grand, but I was actually hurt and defiantly not smiling and going on vacation weeks after the accident.
It depends. If it's three years later, and defendants can commonly drag litigation out for such lengths of time, is it wrong to go on vacation after, say, your hand was broken in an unsafe plastic molding machine you're ordered to use at work? Or as in your case, are you never allowed to friggin' smile ever again? Should a photo of you smiling at a 2 year olds birthday party one year subsequent to the injury matter at all to the defendant's liability to you?

That said, I'm not against defendants getting this kind of evidence other than the fact that it dips a little too freely into some privacy issues. There have been cases where, say, an injured claimant claims they can't use their hands liked they used to, but then the defendant gets video of them gardening for two hours. Plaintiffs need to be a little less idiotic at times, especially if they are legitimately injured. If you're gonna do something so detrimental to yourself, chances are you might just have to answer for it.
    
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I disagree with this. If facebook says it's private, then it should be private.

Now I can see when this could be useful for people trying to commit fraud, but that shouldn't allow people to gain that kind of information nonetheless.
If you're stupid enough to trust private information to facebook you deserve to have it cause you problems.
    
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It's not being stupid, when company tells you that your info is private and then they turn around and let people access that data that is a problem with the company and also a breach in privacy.

That's like saying you're stupid for putting your money in a bank and some how your accounts get drained either by bank error or by identity theft.

You put your trust into that bank to protect you from these things. Just like how people want their privacy protected on facebook. This should be no fault of the user if they have all their privacy settings setup correctly and their info still gets accessed.

It's just bad business on those companies that eagerly give away your info that's the problem not the consumers.
Edited by KusH - 2/2/11 at 1:01pm
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