Some confusion about Facebook privacy settings in a Supreme Court oral argument

On April 29, 2014, during the oral argument of Riley v. California (case in which the Supreme Court was reviewing the constitutionality of warrantless cell phone searches by law enforcement officers during an arrest), the issue of social media privacy settings was briefly (and wrongly) discussed. Justice Roberts is reported to have said that there would not be “any privacy interest” in a Facebook account or “at least diminished because the point is you want these things to be public and seen widely”. However, the privacy settings in Facebook can vary – only if  a Facebook account is set on “public”, the above is true. More information available on the Washington Post blog


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