Facebook and Twitter used in divorce cases to track hidden wealth, says leading lawyer
Originally posted on Metro:
Social media sites like Facebook are becoming increasingly useful in fraud cases (Picture: Martin Keene/PA Wire)
Private user information on social media sites is being used to track hidden assets in divorce proceedings, according to a top solicitor.
Judges are granting permission for lawyers to go through Facebook and Twitter accounts looking for evidence that ex-spouses are hiding wealth due to the vast amounts of personal data that are stored on the sites.
Fraud and asset recovery specialist Steven Philippsohn revealed that lawyers can apply for court orders for disclosure of private information without the person in question being told.
Court orders such as this supersede normal privacy laws when there is a suspicion of fraud.
Mr Philippsohn, who works for PCB Litigation, said it is much easier to catch lying ex-partners out.
‘It is not so much word of mouth anymore,’ he told The Telegraph.
‘People write to each other and…
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