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How To Subpoena Facebook and Other Social Media Services

 

As more people use social media for a variety of reasons, it only follows that data and information from social media sites are going to become a necessary component of litigation. The question is: how to properly obtain this information?

Fortunately, the Electronic Frontier Foundation has already done that work for you with a Freedom of Information Act request to a half-dozen government agencies seeking their policies for using social networking sites for investigations, data-collection, and surveillance. During this process they have also obtained the Law Enforcement Guides to numerous social media and e-commerce websites.


The EFF also provides a nice spreadsheet (PDF or XLS)  comparing all the law enforcement and privacy guidelines side-by-side. You can see the full list of social media guidelines on their site.

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