A Canberra lawyer who won the right to serve legal documents on two defendants via Facebook says courts around the country will follow his lead. In what he believes is a world first, lawyer Mark McCormack tracked down a couple who had defaulted on a six-figure loan using the internet and served them with a default judgment. The fact the defaulters’ Facebook accounts included their names, dates of birth and listed each other as “friends”, was enough to persuade the court it had the right people in its sights. You can read the full article here.
The internet, MySpace & Facebook, we have been advised for years to be careful what information & in particular personal details we place online. First it was a growing trend in online fraud. Scammers taking your personal details & taking out loans on your behalf & stealing your credit card information. Then a few months ago in Sydney we had an employer who sacked a person for revealing on his Facebook account that he was not sick & continued to brag about it to his online friends.
Then we get to one of my favourite topics, the youth of our nation, spending more & more time developing they’re online social skills through the internet, email, etc, while neglecting real life social situations. They then wonder why they fail to get a job, cannot hold a real life conversation, are less confident & find it difficult to work the room at a party that doesn’t cover up there lack of social skills through loud music.
The point to this blurb is be very careful what information you place on Facebook, MySpace or the internet, remember that once its online it stays in the public eye forever. Be particularly careful what personal information you place online & keep in mind, if you get an offer that is too good to refuse, it probably is! What do you think? All comments are welcome.
Article written by Danielle Hewett