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Privacy and Social Networking

Can you expect privacy for things you post online? In a recent California case a judge ruled that anything posted to MySpace was in the public domain.  This came up when a young woman posted a diatribe against her hometown.  The local paper of the town picked it up, and the woman’s family suffered repercussions so severe that they felt that they had to move.  The woman filed suit.  The judge, however, found that in posting the rant, though she did not intend for it to go beyond a small number of her usual readers, she could reasonably expect that she was opening it up to the public. There is still a suit open, though, against the principle of the high school where the woman’s sister goes to school-he was the one that forwarded the post onto the local paper.  For more, check here or here.

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