Tread Lightly When Using Social Media for Investigations

I wrote about the use of social media as a source of intelligence for investigations some time ago. More and more investigators are leveraging sites like Facebook and Twitter to research their subjects.  But, Investigators need to be careful about their use of such services and make sure they don’t run afoul of terms of service violations.  This is largely uncharted legal territory and the Lori Drew case was a warning shot across the Investigator’s bow.  Now there is a serious question about whether or not a violation of terms of service constitutes a criminal act or is just a civil matter (check this out).  But either way, investigators need to tread lightly.


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