[LINK] Canberra Lawyers Serve Reposession Order Via Facebook
kim at holburn.net
Wed Dec 17 08:44:50 EST 2008
> An Australian couple have been notified of the pending repossession
> of their home via Facebook.
> In what represents a groundbreaking step in the world of social
> networking, an Australian couple have been served the repossession
> order for their home through the Facebook website.
> Canberra based lawyer Mark MacCormack, was granted permission to use
> this innovative approach by the Australian Capital Territory Supreme
> Court after all other attempts to contact the couple failed.
> A simple search for Carbo’s email address returned a positive result
> and the resourceful lawyer used information detailed on her mortgage
> application to confirm a match with her Facebook profile.
> Conveniently, Poyser was also registered on Facebook, with his
> profile listed under Carbo’s ‘friends’.
> This represents a landmark case as while Australian courts have
> previously allowed legally binding judgements to be delivered via
> text message or email, this is the first time that lawyers have been
> given permission to exact the law through a social networking site.
There are just things wrong with this. Like how do you prove it was
who you thought? How do you connect with someone without their
allowing you? Is that hacking? And of course if you have a facebook
account do *use* the privacy settings.
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