Investigators: Be Aware of Social Media Terms of Service

If a powerful adversary avers that an application (such as an #ediscovery application) violates the terms of service of a social network, the legal stakes can rise quickly.

Facebook has taken the position that an unwelcome data-collection app violates FB's terms of service and therefore violates stringent laws, like the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act, California computer crime law and the #CANSPAM Act.

I've been preaching to #forensic investigators that if they use an automated application to vacuum data from a social network, they need to examine the network's terms of service carefully.

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