Disclaimer: This article is not legal advice. If you have questions or concerns regarding social media content and what could be used against you (or for you) be sure to consult with an attorney you trust that covers your jurisdiction.
If you’re a small business owner or a small entrepreneur, you likely use your smart devices for a lot of different purposes. You may use your smart phone both at home and at work, and a computer may serve similar personal and professional goals. And if you have computers, tablets, or other smart devices, you may also be a social media user. However, if you use a device and assume that private information will be able to stay private, you may be wrong.
For the legal profession and courts, the approach to privacy and social media is changing rapidly. Different courts have ruled different pieces of possible evidence admissible or non-admissible based on individual circumstances of the cases. Access to records may not be just for those that are current, either: Some courts have ruled that even deleted information is relevant.
The lesson is that there’s much to be learned about social media related to your devices and the law, and that you can’t take your privacy on your personal or work equipment as it relates to social media for granted. Use this graphic to get an idea of where things stand right now, and how they might change.
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