Month: June 2014

Facebook and Twitter used in divorce cases to track hidden wealth, says leading lawyer

Facebook and Twitter used in divorce cases to track hidden wealth, says leading lawyer


File photo dated 17/01/08 of the Facebook icon displayed on a laptop as Facebook has backed down over the posting of videos depicting beheadings after being branded "irresponsible" by Prime Minister David Cameron. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Issue date: Wednesday October 23, 2013. The social media website issued a statement saying it had "re-examined" the issue and removed a beheading video after concluding that it "improperly and irresponsibly glorifies violence". Facebook said it would "strengthen the enforcement" of policies on graphic content, removing posts which celebrate violence and taking into account whether they are being shared "responsibly" - for instance by including warnings about their content or blocking under-age viewers from accessing them. See PA story POLITICS Facebook. Photo credit should read: Martin Keene/PA Wire 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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