Calif. Justices Clarify Rules On Facebook Data Subpoenas

Law360 (August 13, 2020, 10:07 PM EDT) -- The California Supreme Court laid out a road map Thursday for trial courts to determine when Facebook and other third parties must hand over private user information in criminal proceedings, but held off on deciding whether the federal Stored Communications Act shields Facebook from such subpoenas.

In an opinion written by Chief Justice Tani Cantil-Sakauye, the state high court clarified that trial judges must conduct detailed analyses of the facts of a case and address each of the seven so-called Alhambra factors in deciding whether a third party like Facebook must hand over confidential information against its will.

The justices, however, refused...

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