02/25/2009 11:16:17 AM EST
Using Social Networks for Due Diligence
How do you perform your litigation background checks? Checking court records and even Googling subjects only gets you so far. As astutely noted by Tamara Thompson in Law.com’s Technology News, “Social networking activity can be quite revealing -- a kind of informal resume and kitchen table chat, not tailored to a specific event or situation, and very likely full of unguarded admissions.” According to the post, online networks provide various types of information helpful in completing due diligence. Examples provided by the author included the following:
• Developing personal information on a witness' marital status, education and significant life events.
• Piecing together the background on an adoptee from Google Groups, genealogy sites, adoption discussion Web sites and blog comments.
• Finding where and when an insurance claimant had moved by turning up relevant comments on her son's social networking blog, and following that over time to track family events.
• Reviewing captions in photographs to identify family, former lovers, employment, assets, accidents, injuries and illnesses.