Facebook Makes Downloading Profile Easy

Say you are suing your insurer in a car crash and their lawyer sends you a discovery request compelling you to provide them with all the information on your Facebook profile.  Until very recently, you could cherry pick what you send and plead ignorance as to how to scrape your profile for pertinent information.

No more.

Facebook has now made it easy to download not just basics but comments, status updates, RSVPs to events, a collection of your photos including the time you uploaded them.  This will no doubt make the compelling attorneys happy but probably not you nor your attorney(s).

Don’t spill your guts on Facebook

More reason to use caution when posting information on Facebook and other social networking sites.  If you want to use Facebook for business or to make funny comments on other people’s posts, great but realize that the more information you provide to Facebook about the details of your life, the more your life becomes an open book to folks that aren’t your friends.

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