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Re: The Officer Who Posted Too Much on MySpace
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Date: Mon, 30 Mar 2009 10:13:55 -0700 (PDT)
Subject: Re: The Officer Who Posted Too Much on MySpace
On Mar 30, 12:06 am, hanco...@bbs.cpcn.com wrote:
> I find the use of a _subpoena_ for private writings rather disturbing.
> ***** Moderator's Note *****
> The writings weren't private. YouTube, Facebook, and other such sites
> are, by design, public and available to all.
The article referred to the use of a supoena for the site database;
thus my argument.
Anything intentionally publicly written is of course public and I have
no objection to that use. My objection is the access of _private_
writings by subpoena.
> That said, the question becomes "Whose business is it"? The issue is
> not what he said or wrote, but rather whether he is entitled to a
> private life when not at work: in other words, if a police officer (or
> other civil servant) is ever "off duty".
Certainly people are entitled to a private life.
> This isn't about computers or social networking sites: the medium is
> being confused with the message. Had the officer said these things in
> a "cop's bar", he would have been immune from subpoenas because cops
> regard such places as safe havens where they may vent their
> frustrations with fear of being called to account.
Social networking sites represent a new area because of their very
wide distrubtion. As you may have heard, a kid was arrested for
posting inappropriate pictures of herself on such a site, even though
it was apparently restricted to her friends only. Suppose a kid, for
whatever reason, flashes herself to her friends in a public park.
Should she be arrested?
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