I know that we’ve talked for years about the amount of information that people give out freely via social media platforms, but I haven’t seen any video that’s better than Jack Vale’s Social Experiment in showing strangers how much he can know about them just by reviewing their social media posts.

For those Fall Associates, next year’s Summer Associates, or the Senior Partners that post on social media site, have them take a look at this video to see just how easy it is to gather information. Of course, as someone that conducts research for a living… tell them to keep on posting. It makes me look very good when I’m able to report on a potential lateral and give out quality information like their kids’ names, where they like to vacation, and where they frequent on the weekends.

My favorite part of the video comes around the 3:15 mark where one of the ‘pranked’ victims says “Thanks for invading my privacy.” I don’t think he understands what privacy means. He’s not alone.

  • Anonymous

    It's creepier that people are so clueless that they think Jack "invaded my privacy". Hello, you are intentionally sharing your business!

  • I've tried to tell my friends about this type of thing. Nothing on the internet is secure, no matter what anyone proclaims to you.

    I am a part of a meetup in new york where lawyers & tech meet and we discuss this type of thing every month. Where to draw the line when your working with a client who puts everything on social networks, things that can sink your case ~blubee

  • Anonymous

    Anonymous said…
    It's creepier that people are so clueless
    I don't think you understand what "creepy" is, or what privacy is, and I'm guessing the blog post author isn't quite sure either. Of course, I am following your lead in hiding behind the "anonymous" user. Does that mean I believe this is really "anonymous", given the NSA's capability? No. Is this a private comment? Well, I think so, but I see others disagree and I can see some future business for lawyers. Right now, as Lisa has pointed out elsewhere, we citizens seem to be leaving the decision-making, and laws, up to companies like facebook, and their "opt-in" policy, for example.