Posted on 13 November 2010.
SUPREME COURT OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK
IAS PART XXI – COUNTY OF SUFFOLK
HON. JEFFREY ARLEN SPINNER
Justice of the Supreme Court
plaintiff, .INDEX NO.: 2006-2233
– against –
STEELCASE INC and EDUCATIONAL &
INSTITUTIONAL COOPERATIVE SERVICES INC,
Both Facebook and MySpace are social networking sites where people can share information about
their personal lives, including posting photographs and sharing information about what they are
doing or thinking. Indeed, Facebook policy states that “it helps you share information with your
friends and people around YOU.” and that “Facebook is about sharing information with others.”’
Likewise, MySpace is a “social networking service that allows Members to create unique personal
profiles online in order to find and communicate with old and news friends;” and, is self-described
as an “online community” where “you can share photos, journals and interests with your growing
network of mutual friends,”’ and, as a “global lifestyle portal that reaches millions of people around
the world.”3 Both sites allow the user to set privacy levels to control with whom they share their
The information sought by Defendant regarding Plaintiff’s Facebook and MySpace accounts is both
material and necessary to the defense of this action and or could lead to admissible evidence.
Further, Defendant‘s need for access to the information outweighs any privacy concerns that may
be voiced by Plaintiff. Defendant has attempted to obtain the sought Lifter information via other
means e.g., via deposition and notice for discovery, however, these have proven to be inadequate
since counsel has thwarted Defendant’s attempt to question Plaintiff in this regard or to obtain
authorizations from Plaintiff for the release of this information. The materials including photographs
contained on these sites may be relevant to the issue of damages and may disprove Plaintiff’s claims.
Without access to these sites, Defendant will be at a distinct disadvantage in defending this action.
ORDERED, that Defendant STEELCASE’s motion for an Order granting said Defendant access
to Plaintiff’s current and historical Facebook and MySpace pages and accounts, including all deleted
pages and related information, is hereby granted in all respects; and it is further
ORDERED, that, within 30 days from the date of service of a copy of this Order, as directed herein
below, Plaintiff shall deliver to Counsel for Defendant STEELCASE a properly executed consent
and authorization as may be required by the operators of Facebook and MySpace, permitting said
Defendant to gain access to Plaintiff’s Facebook and MySpace records, including any records
previously deleted or archived by said operators; and it is further.
ORDERED, that Counselor the moving party herein is hereby directed to serve a copy of this
order, with Notice of Entry, upon Counsel for all the remaining parties and Non-Party FACEBOOK,
within twenty (20) days of the date this order IS entered by the Suffolk County Clerk.
Dated: Riverhead, New York
September 21, 2010
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