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A recent article contributed by a leading Australian Tech Specialist Law Firm says :

The big question about Facebook is does it have any valuable commercial application? Well it seems that the courts have found one.

Today in what appears to be a first in Australia and perhaps the world, Master Harper of the ACT Supreme Court ordered that a default judgement could be served on defendants by notification on Facebook.

A default judgement is given by the court where the defendant does not appear in court to defend the case. Once the plaintiff has been awarded the default judgement by the court, the plaintiff must then locate the defendant and serve the judgement on them.

Usually this is done by way of personal service or the mailing of the judgement to the defendant's home. However, service can be difficult where the defendant is not easily located.

Courts do allow service by way of email .[edited].....but Facebook is a new one.

Master Harper ordered that the defendants in the case could be validly served by the plaintiff sending a message by computer to the Facebook pages of both defendants informing them of the entry of and the terms of the judgement.
This is old news, but still important to note, since there are so many fraudsters out there that sooner or later you will also get fraudet by someone at facebook.

I just heard in the local media that people try to hijack others profile on facebook for identity shaft, which I seriously consider to be dangerous, if that is possible, I will close my profile very soon, since I thought facebook would be a great idea to network, but now…!
alexissamantha said:
So the people of Australia use facebook or not or they are not allowed to use them,,,,
Is this just a SPAM BOT or what is this about, why have you all those commas in your posts, you should introduce yourself in the Welcome forum

It would look more reliable :tinysmile_twink_t2:
Does this dumbass just spamming the forum, why are the MOD's not killing his threads???!!

You need to be careful using any Social Service and publish your personal information there, it can and often will be misused, for me I would never put up any stuff about me which could be misused.

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