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December 16, 2011

The Growing List of Personal Data Available on Facebook

As litigators turn to Facebook for potential evidence on an individual, awareness grows that there is more personal data available on Facebook than many people realize. 

Strict European privacy laws have spawned privacy advocacy websites such as Europe vs. Facebook, which help shed light on personal data about users that Facebook collects and preserves. Unlike law in the United States, the European Union's "right to access" law essentially provides that every citizen has the right to get a copy of all personal data that a company holds about them. Recent personal data access requests to Facebook have identified more than 57 available data groups that can be potential evidence in a case. For example, removed friends (a list of all friends you have "unfriended").

The trick is how to capture and preserve that evidence in a legally defensible manner — either by subpoena, by using collection technology like X1 Social Discovery, or a combination of both. As we learn more about the complex layers of social media evidence, the inherent inadequacy of manual screen capture becomes readily apparent.

See the recent EDD Update post on Social Media meta data



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