The use and impact of metadata in civil cases
Keywords:Metadata, Civil Cases, Data Mining, Cybersecurity, Government Surveillance, Third Party Doctrine, Social Media, Embedded Data, Civil Law, Federal Law, Cookies, Tagging, NSA, 4th Amendment
This article is one of the first to explore and delve into the legal system, with a focus on the burgeoning use of metadata in civil cases. Although metadata is embedded in all kinds of digital files including text, audio, and image files, as well as many social media and game applications, few understand how both the visible and embedded information is being “mined” (collected) for a myriad of uses by organizations, such as, Google or even the United States government. Consequently, in this paper, we explore the implications of metadata use in civil cases and how it could bring a new era of evidence in litigation, which has huge ramifications for how the average citizen may begin to view their privacy in the course of everyday activities.
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