Today, the ABA gave the go-ahead to attorneys to look at “publicly available musings” of citizens called for jury service and in deliberations, but stopped short of allowing them to “follow or friend” jurors. Such “musings” may even impact the outcomes of legal proceedings; the article cites a case in which a defense attorney asked for a new trial on the basis of a juror’s post. There is a clear tension here between the privacy of jurors and the right of defendants to have their case heard by impartial jurors, but it is certainly not the first time an online user’s digital footprint has led to repercussions in the real world.
For years, college admissions officers have been using the digital footprints of applicants to help make their admissions decisions. In 2008, only 10% used social media during the admissions process. By 2011, Continue reading Your Digital Footprint and its Real-World Ramifications