In the Technology Age, What Can Be Subpoenaed to Court?
We live in a time where the electronic aka “digital” world is growing exponentially, where more apps and devices are tracking essentially everything we do. Although technology can help with our day to day living, there are some things to consider if you should ever find yourself going to Divorce Court.
What Tracks You
If you have a smartphone or tablet device, you are most likely being tracked by various methods. Facebook Messenger, for example, stores all of your conversations in a database—even if you delete the conversation! Facebook’s code deciphers the conversation and may then begin suggesting specific advertisements when you use Facebook. Maybe as you read this, you’re noticing that Facebook has already suggested divorce-related ads. If you didn’t publicly post your plans for divorce…did you have any conversations in Facebook Messenger?
Even if you are not using Facebook Messenger or using your smartphone to surf the web for divorce-related topics, the microphone on your smartphone may still be recording. Perhaps you discussed divorce between you and your friend while sipping lattes at a café.
Put simply, in the digital age, you have to be careful with what information is being posted or recorded. As long as you have a smart device or some form of “connected technology,” you may have much less privacy than you think. .
When Technology Wins
If you have been unfaithful through emails, texts, social media posts, and / or “private” social media messages, your various forms of communication can be subpoenaed to court. If you feel you could simply delete all of these messages, think again.It is possible that the Court could order your cable company, social media company, etc. to retrieve and disclose the deleted messages.
What To Do
If you find yourself in a situation where you have damaging information in your social media, you can choose to stay off of social media while you’re going through the divorce process. Of course, that still leave the possibility of your prior information being released. We highly suggest contacting a reputable family law firm, such as Fernandez, Socci & Nieves Family Law to discuss your options. You can request to have a consultation so that we can go over whatever concerns you.
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