What is next? Check your Facebook or Twitter account and see if you’ve been served!
Although not yet allowed in the US, in the U.K., Canada; Australia and New Zealand the courts are allowing virtual service of process. Not all countries are following in these footsteps at this type, notably Germany and France who have concerns over privacy.
As the trend towards more mobility increases and static items such as mail boxes and phone lines are probably on the decline in some countries it is getting harder for serving legal papers.
Although social media sites already do cooperate with the law enforcers by disclosing information and content about their subscribers, it does make some sort of sense for them to be able to have a method for service of process.
There are good and bad things with this method of service. What would be the actual service date? What if the user who was being served had no means to get onto that social networking site for whatever reason? There would have to be a specific page that brings to the attention of the user as soon as the logon was initiated that the user was being served.
I wonder if people will be just as keen to log on to their social networking sites once this method of service of process becomes a little more commonplace?