Private Investigators and Social Media

Can private investigators use social media in their cases? Private Investigators are a widely underrated profession. PI’s are needed to help in many different legal battles and they can be very good at what they do, but what are their limits? Accessing public social media accounts is completely legal and any information found is admissible. Private accounts can get more tricky. It is illegal for a PI to hide his identity or pretend to be someone else, that can make it more difficult for him to get into those accounts. If he is not given permission by the owner, he cannot use the information. However, there are other options such as getting a warrant to access the account. As a general rule, if your information, location, or images are available to the public, it can be used in court.


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