The widespread use of social networking sites is also engaging private investigators as participants — as I am on Linkedin — and as information gatherers. Law Technology News published my article, variously titled, “Research: Me, Myself & I:People can be unguarded on social networking sites” and “Due Diligence With Social Networks“. It is more detailed than the posting I did in 2007 on social media.
I didn’t delve into the advisability of searching social networking sites in conducting background screening of pre-employment applicants, but this is fraught with legal complications. The uncharted territory of the privacy or discoverability of a user’s social networking site — also a critical area for the legal investigator — is explored in “Are Social Networking Sites Discoverable?”.