Wednesday, March 6, 2013

Texas Bill To Allow Service of Process Via Facebook

Texas recently introduced a bill that would allow for service of process via Facebook.  Texas House Bill 1989 if enacted would make the Lone Star State the first in the United States to allow for service of process via social media as an alternative means of service. 

In 2002, a U.S. court approved service of process via email.  In 2008, an Australian court allowed for service of process via social media.  In February of 2012, I told ABC News that I believe service of process via social media will become a reality in the future. 

As I stated on February 25, 2012, the biggest problem with service via social media is authentication.  Even though a digital account may appear to belong to a litigant in a judicial proceeding, account authentication is required to ensure that the account belongs to the right person.

I believe service of process via social or digital means will eventually become more common.  However, absent the proper safeguards to ensure the right "John Doe" is actually served this method has many challenges.  

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