Crash victim ordered to hand over Facebook photos in legal case
A woman suing for damages following a crash has been ordered to hand over post-collision Facebook photos, which could potentially affect the outcome of her case.
Tamara Fric was a University of Victoria law student in November 2008 when the vehicle she was travelling was rear ended.
Fric’s suing, alleging that she suffers chronic severe headaches, injury and pain to the upper back and neck pain.
But – did the crash really affect her in those ways? Is she staying home, passing up opportunities to travel and socialize with classmates?
Well, the judge in the B.C. Supreme Court wants to peer inside her Facebook account to look at photos of her competing at the Law Games and vacationing.
The judge ruled that these pictures – amongst hundreds she has posted on Facebook - are relevant to find out how her life has really been affected since the crash.
Master Carolyn Bouck said: "Photographs which show the plaintiff engaging in a sporting or physical recreational activity - from hiking to scuba diving to curling to dancing - are relevant in discovering the plaintiff's physical capacity since the accident."
Although privacy concerns were raised – including those of the woman’s Facebook friends – the case moves forward as they get access to Fric’s pictures.
We've already heard how lawyers are using Facebook photos, posts and other social media activities when it comes to divorce cases.
Do you filter the types of photos you post to Facebook?
- Maurice Cacho, MSN Tech & Gadgets