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.
- Facebook 2010 Law Enforcement Guide (PDF link)
- Craigslist Law Enforcement Guide (PDF link)
- Twitter Law Enforcement Guidelines can be found on their website