Few people seem to realize or care about the dangers social media brings to our lives. Or the negative impact it can have if you share information about a current pending case. It can have an effect in the verdict being in your favor or against you.

There really aren’t a whole lot of rules about what to post and what not to post. The dangers of social media have been discussed over the years and have also resulted in some amount of litigation.

Our online habits are changing rapidly from a private, personal behavior to an open and too-much sharing culture. While this can be fun, it can also be dangerous.

When we move into an era where data becomes currency, we need to develop better privacy and security measures. Here are some dangers to be aware of:

  1. Identity theft – stealing another person’s identity is easier than you think. Too much information can be found by the press of a button. We can find names, birth dates, work history and much more on just about anyone. We can even find credit card information or access to another’s bank account. The consequences can be severe and harmful for many years to come.
  2. Personal things can and will be used against you. Posting pictures online, especially risqué ones, are out there to stay – you can never get them back. We have no control over data that is stored on the web about us.
  3. Everything is traced to you. Oftentimes, we are not aware how much information we give away that can be directly related to us. Social networks have millions of users in their database, complete with various pieces of information about each. The data can be used for commercial purposes, but if it falls into the wrong hands, it can be used for evil purposes as well.
  4. You have no control. Are you aware that Facebook exploits you and your friends? Even though you have privacy settings to protect you from other users, who protects you from Facebook?
  5. Who are you talking to? We can friend thousands of people on the web. Do you know everyone you have befriended? Is it so important to friend people you don’t know? What about the dangers it provides for our children?

Lawsuits & Social Media

Privacy, yours and mine, is losing ground to social media.

If you are involved in a personal injury lawsuit, it would be wise for you to not post anything on social media while the case is pending.

If you have questions regarding a potential lawsuit and postings you have made on social media, contact the personal injury attorneys at the law offices of Maggiano, DiGirolamo & Lizzi. We have offices in New Jersey and New York City for your convenience.

The legal system is trying to figure out how evidence like social media fits into our justice system, but it is clear that once something is out there, it’s hard to take it back.