AUSTRALIAN COURT APPROVES FACEBOOK FOR FORECLOSURE NOTICES

A court in Australia has approved the use of Facebook to notify a couple that they lost their home after defaulting on a loan.

Last Friday, The Australian Capital Territory Supreme Court approved lawyer Mark McCormack’s application to use Facebook to serve the legally binding documents after several failed attempts to contact the couple at the house and by e-mail.

McCormack said he and a colleague found the woman’s Facebook page using personal details that she had given the lender including her birth date and e-mail address. The man was listed on her page as a Facebook friend, and neither party had protected their pages using Facebook’s security options.

In the past, Australian courts have given permission for people to be served via e-mail and text messages when it was not possible to serve them in person.