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One North Carolina school district is going to great lengths to monitor its students' social media habits, paying thousands to a third party to scan students' posts.

Jackson County Schools are contracting with Social Sentinel Inc. in a pilot project that will use computer algorithms to scan student social media posts for safety or security threats, reports The Sylva Herald. The program will be launched at Smoky Mountain High School in Sylva this fall, and will cost $9,500 for the first year.

But will students be paying the price in privacy?

Crowdfunding site Kickstarter has been in the news this week after an Ohio man decided to crowdfund his first stab at making potato salad -- and managed to raise nearly $60,000 from more than 4,000 people so far.

Zack "Danger" Brown had hoped his somewhat tongue-in-cheek Kickstarter project would reach his goal of $60, reports The Columbus Dispatch. His runaway success is further proof that whether you're looking to fund your own personal project or become part of someone else's, Kickstarter can be a great tool for making a lot of really cool stuff (or just a lot of potato salad) happen.

If you're curious about crowdfunding, here are three legal tips to get you started on Kickstarter:

When you die, your social media accounts and websites may be left in the hands of immediate family members or even deactivated. If you want to control your digital life after your actual death, you may need to consider a trust for your online presence.

Placing these accounts in the care of a trust during your life can ensure that they are maintained post-mortem and that private information may not accessed by those you don't trust.

Here are just a few reasons to consider a trust for your websites and social media accounts:

"I Know What You Did Last Summer" was a book that became a cheeseball '90s horror flick starring Jennifer Love Hewitt (who has moved on to star in a blockbuster lawsuit over her right to publicity).

No less horrifying, however, is the modern version of "I Know What You Did Last Summer" that plays out every day on social media, starring you, your prospective and current bosses, police, and anyone else looking to find out more about what you do and how you do it.

A FindLaw survey last summer found that more than one in four 18- to 34-year-olds feared that something in their social media posts could get them fired. That's not just idle paranoia, either. Here are some ways that social media can come back to haunt you, next summer and beyond:

As a public, real-time record of what people are doing and thinking, Twitter can be a tremendous resource for gathering evidence. As police have already learned, anything you tweet can potentially be used against you in a court of law.

But how can you go about gathering, storing, and getting Twitter posts or data admitted into evidence in your own criminal or civil case?

It can get a bit tricky, but here are a few general tips for using tweets as evidence in court:

The Internet never forgets. But the Internet's largest search engine Google soon might, after a European privacy court ruled that citizens of particular European countries have a "right to be forgotten" from search results.

In response to the ruling, CNET reports that Google has created an online form by which users can request that links be removed from search listings.

How does the form work, and who can now invoke this new online right?

Recording people working out at the gym is super lame, but privacy advocates may be dismayed to learn it may not be illegal.

President Barack Obama got a nasty taste of the dark side of secretly being recorded in a gym this week, when a video of him working out at a Polish hotel's gym leaked to the media. According to the Los Angeles Times, a fellow exerciser surreptitiously captured the Commander in Chief keeping fit using his or her smartphone.

It's certainly rude to record people at the gym, but can you get into legal trouble for doing so?

Following years of constant criticism for its purported privacy problems, Facebook has made a second group of changes to its privacy settings in less than a month.

In April, Facebook announced several privacy-related changes to its heavily criticized system of apps. The latest changes to be announced are focused on individual user profiles and are an attempt to combat a widely held view that the company has a habit of sacrificing user privacy for potential profit.

What are the new changes and how do they affect what you share on Facebook?

FCC regulators have proposed new net neutrality rules after a vote Thursday, possibly opening the door to an Internet with content-dependent speeds.

The debate over net neutrality is not new, but the FCC's proposed rules have undergone many recent changes.

Here are five things you need to know about the FCC's net neutrality vote:

Facebook can often be a powerful way to discover the truth. Whether it's incriminating evidence in divorce proceedings or video of a grisly murder, Facebook profiles can be a well of inadvertently candid information.

But how can you harness this potential fact-finding power for your legal case? There are a few simple steps you can take to use Facebook posts and messages as evidence: