Posts to Facebook groups not private

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A woman who posted comments to a Facebook group had no privacy interest in the posts, despite her belief that the group restricted access to the postings.  That’s the recent decision by an Arizona-based federal court. 

Carol Davis sued HDR, Inc., an architecture and design firm based on their accessing certain information from two Facebook groups – -“Ahwautakee411” and “Protecting Arizona’s Resources and Children (PARC).”  HDR has designed over 275 jails and prisons.  In addition to its architectural services, HDR offers its clients “strategic communications” services. These services involve gauging public sentiment and developing media campaigns to help clients manage the risks associated with proposed or existing projects. 

According to Davis’ complaint, Ahwatukee411 is a Facebook group “that enables local residents of the Ahwatukee Foothills area to privately discuss issues concerning the community.”  PARC is a Facebook group that was “formed to protest the construction of a highway that cuts through the Moahdak Do’ag Mountain (South Mountain) . . . [and] enables its members to privately discuss local issues.” 

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