Perils of Social Networking


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A brief overview of some of the privacy perils faced by attorneys and law students, especially with regard to Facebook.

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Perils of Social Networking

  1. 1. Social Networking Overview Neal R. Axton, Information Resources Energy Saving Template
  2. 2. Continuum
  3. 3. How to Lose a Job in 60 Seconds
  4. 4. Police Misconduct: A Short Story <ul><li>In New York, a jury acquitted an ex-con on gun possession charges after the arresting officer was impeached by statements he had made on Facebook. </li></ul>
  5. 5. <ul><li>The defense was that the officer used excessive force and then planted the gun on the defendant to create a justification for rough treatment. </li></ul>
  6. 6. <ul><li>At trial, the officer was confronted with the fact that on his Facebook page, he listed his mood as “devious”… </li></ul>
  7. 7. <ul><li>Claimed to be watching the movie “Training Day” as preparation for the case… </li></ul>Flickr Photo by Dreamer7112:
  8. 8. <ul><li>and boasted that if an officer “is going to hit a cuffed suspect, at least get your money’s worth.” </li></ul>Flickr Photo by John Joz:
  9. 9. Source of Short Story <ul><li>Davallis Rutledge, Point of Law: The Whole World is Watching , POLICE, September 2009, at 60 (Bobbit Business Publishing). </li></ul>
  10. 10. With friends like these…
  11. 11. Professionalism <ul><li>You are the product </li></ul><ul><li>Advertising your expertise </li></ul><ul><li>Oversharing </li></ul><ul><li>Critical Eye </li></ul><ul><li>Think Twice before posting </li></ul><ul><li>Are your friends oversharing? </li></ul>
  12. 12. 10 Tips for Managing Facebook Privacy <ul><li>Organize Friends into Lists </li></ul><ul><li>Customize Profile Privacy </li></ul><ul><li>Set Facebook Privacy Level of Photo Albums </li></ul><ul><li>Restrict Search Visibility </li></ul><ul><li>Control Automatic Wall Posts and News Feed Updates </li></ul><ul><li>Set Facebook Wall Privacy </li></ul><ul><li>Avoid Appearing in Advertisements </li></ul><ul><li>Protect Yourself from Friends’ Applications </li></ul><ul><li>Privacy from Your Applications </li></ul><ul><li>Quitting Facebook: Delete vs. De-Activate </li></ul><ul><li>Mahendra Palsule, 10 Solid Tips to Safeguard Your Facebook Privacy , [] ( last visited July 17, 2009). </li></ul>