According to a new opinion by the ABA, everyone's social media musings are now fair game:
The ABA's ethics committee began reviewing the issue about two years ago and concluded in April that looking at Facebook posts, Twitter tweets and other information gathered passively is ethical research.This seems logical and prudent -- if you put information out there, you have to assume someone besides the NSA is paying attention to it.
"It's like any other publicly available information," said Donald Lundberg, an Indianapolis, Indiana, attorney who helped draft the ABA's opinion as an ethics committee member.
Lundberg said one of the thornier issues for the committee was whether lawyers could view LinkedIn and other social media sites that notify members that they have been searched.
Ultimately, the ABA committee decided a LinkedIn search was ethically sound, which runs counter to an opinion issued by the New York City Bar Association in 2010 that said any notice sent to a potential juror about a search amounts to an unauthorized communication.
But let's be honest about LinkedIn -- what could you possibly learn from a LinkedIn search?
Indeed, what exactly is the point of LinkedIn anyway?
Now everyone go scrub your FB -- you never know who might be lurking (it's probably not your old high school sweetheart).