Dealing With Third Parties: Social Networks and Cloud Computing David H. Angeli Angeli Law Group LLC Seth H. Row Parsons F...
Why Social Media & the Cloud Matters
Why Social Media & Cloud Matters <ul><li>Fastest growing form of communication </li></ul><ul><li>Even less formal than ema...
Stored Communications Act <ul><li>Prohibits “Electronic Communication Service” from divulging “content” of messages withou...
ECPA & Stored Communications Act <ul><li>Evans v. Evans , 168 N.C. App. 358, 610 S.E.2d 264 (2005) </li></ul><ul><ul><li>H...
SCA & Social Media Groups <ul><li>Pietrylo v. Hillstone Restaurant Group , Docket No. 2:06-cv-05754 (D.N.J. 2008) </li></u...
How Do You Get What You Need <ul><li>Increasingly parties using non-court-ordered remedies to get what they need – using o...
Compelling consent… <ul><li>Romano v. Steelcase, Inc. , 907 N.Y.S.2d 650 (N.Y. Sup. Ct. 2010)  </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Perso...
Data Preservation In the Cloud <ul><li>Starts with the contract – or TOS </li></ul><ul><li>Complicated by redundancy </li>...
Chatter allows drag-and-drop of files into its cloud system – unlike Twitter – creating an additional repository of potent...
Producing ESI From the Cloud/ Social Media <ul><li>HTML format preserves almost all attributes of social media </li></ul><...
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Using Social Media Evidence At Trial <ul><li>Griffin v. State , 192 Md. App. 518 (Md. App. 2010) </li></ul><ul><li>Commonw...
Ethics & Social Media Investigation <ul><li>Philadelphia Bar Association Opinion  2009-02 </li></ul><ul><li>New York State...
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    1. 1. Dealing With Third Parties: Social Networks and Cloud Computing David H. Angeli Angeli Law Group LLC Seth H. Row Parsons Farnell & Grein LLP Oregon Law Institute March 18, 2011
    2. 2. Why Social Media & the Cloud Matters
    3. 3. Why Social Media & Cloud Matters <ul><li>Fastest growing form of communication </li></ul><ul><li>Even less formal than email – more of a “bar scene” than “water cooler” </li></ul><ul><li>Social media = more fragile than email </li></ul><ul><li>The ‘cloud’ = preservation/access/proliferation </li></ul>
    4. 4. Stored Communications Act <ul><li>Prohibits “Electronic Communication Service” from divulging “content” of messages without consent – even with a subpoena </li></ul><ul><li>Crispin v . Christian Audigier Inc ., 2010 U.S. Dist. Lexis 52832 (C.D. Cal. May 26, 2010) – broad interpretation </li></ul><ul><li>Take away: webmail provider cannot provide emails/FB cannot provide messages </li></ul>
    5. 5. ECPA & Stored Communications Act <ul><li>Evans v. Evans , 168 N.C. App. 358, 610 S.E.2d 264 (2005) </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Husband produced email sent by wife to lover </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Electronic Communications Privacy Act (ECPA) prevents disclosure of intercepted email </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Must occur “contemporaneously” with transmission </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Here, email stored on hard drive of family computer - not intercepted contemporaneously </li></ul></ul>
    6. 6. SCA & Social Media Groups <ul><li>Pietrylo v. Hillstone Restaurant Group , Docket No. 2:06-cv-05754 (D.N.J. 2008) </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Restaurant employees created MySpace group </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Password protected/labeled private (“EULA”) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Owners got password, looked, fired ‘yees </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Court: violation of SCA – owners may have compelled password from employee </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>BE CAREFUL DURING INVESTIGATION! </li></ul></ul>
    7. 7. How Do You Get What You Need <ul><li>Increasingly parties using non-court-ordered remedies to get what they need – using ordinary discovery tools </li></ul><ul><li>Subpoena – w/o consent will only work to get basic user information - Jessup-Morgan v. America Online, Inc . 20 F. Supp.2d 1105 (Ed. Mich. 1998) </li></ul><ul><li>If the customer refuses to consent, can go to court to force giving consent to the ISP/SM provider, or force self-collection - D.M. v. J.E.M ., 873 N.Y.S. 2d 447 (N.Y. Fam. Ct. 2009) </li></ul>
    8. 8. Compelling consent… <ul><li>Romano v. Steelcase, Inc. , 907 N.Y.S.2d 650 (N.Y. Sup. Ct. 2010) </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Personal injury </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Public information on SM site did not match injuries </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Court found no real privacy expectation </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Compelled consent for active and deleted data from Facebook and MySpace </li></ul></ul>
    9. 9. Data Preservation In the Cloud <ul><li>Starts with the contract – or TOS </li></ul><ul><li>Complicated by redundancy </li></ul><ul><li>Effective litigation hold depends on thorough, updated, comprehensive data map – extensive input by business units </li></ul><ul><li>Preservation will usually require collection from the cloud </li></ul>
    10. 10. Chatter allows drag-and-drop of files into its cloud system – unlike Twitter – creating an additional repository of potentially non-duplicative ESI.
    11. 11. Producing ESI From the Cloud/ Social Media <ul><li>HTML format preserves almost all attributes of social media </li></ul><ul><li>FB self-collection tool matches what a subpoena will produce </li></ul><ul><li>Metadata often is not preserved when cloud information is collected because metadata tied into the cloud system – cannot be preserved, often </li></ul>
    12. 12. Upload date/time
    13. 13. Using Social Media Evidence At Trial <ul><li>Griffin v. State , 192 Md. App. 518 (Md. App. 2010) </li></ul><ul><li>Commonwealth v. Williams, 456 Mass. 857 (Mass. 2010) </li></ul>
    14. 14. Ethics & Social Media Investigation <ul><li>Philadelphia Bar Association Opinion 2009-02 </li></ul><ul><li>New York State Bar Committee on Professional Ethics Opinion 843 </li></ul>
    15. 15. Questions?

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