A Facebook friend you may not want?
By Deirdre McMurdy, Sympatico / MSN Finance
Trust the Aussies to set a precedent as new adaptors: an Australian court has ruled that it is acceptable to use social media - specifically, in this case, Facebook - to serve legal notice.
This is a move that's going to be tracked in quite a few jurisdictions because to date, there's been considerable ambivalence about how to treat this newfangled technology. Many companies and most levels of government in Canada have prohibited or strictly limited access in the workplace. The underlying belief is that employees will spend all day poking each other instead of working and productivity will suffer.
That conviction, however, can come at a cost. Social media are an important way to keep in touch with what others are saying, doing, thinking. It's an important, if non-traditional, window into emerging trends and the collective unconscious.
And, as they've discovered in Australia, it's a highly efficient to reach out and super-poke someone who isn't necessarily eager to be found by creditors or other authorities. Which is just the beginning of an inevitable attitudinal shift.
Posted by: Nick | Dec 28, 2021 10:55:17 AM
D@mn!! I've always wondered why i have never heard of this happening before.. It only makes sense right, but I believe that there are personal measure you can put in place so that only the people you want to find you, find you. I'm going to start looking at what steps can be taken.
Posted by: CanadianChick | Dec 28, 2021 1:57:45 PM
How can they be sure they have the right person? When I walk into most companies I deal with they have no idea what I look like so they can't do it by picture. They may have your town but what if you are not the only John Smith in town? I can't understand how they would reliably validate a persons identity. maybe I am missing something?
Posted by: g | Dec 28, 2021 2:05:48 PM
FOR ALL THOSE WHO DON'T WANT PEOPLE TO FIND YOU........DON'T GET FACEBOOK! SIMPLE