Your WeChat Message History Could be Used Against You!

Source: JobTube, Arianna J., Freya W., Josh B.

According to the decision of the Supreme People's Court on Revision published on December 26th, chat history on WeChat and WeiBo can be used as evidence in the future.

As per this decision, electronic data includes the following information and electronic files: 

  • Messages posted on web pages, blogs, WeiBo and other network platforms;

  • Communication information of mobile phone SMS, e-mail, instant messaging, communication groups and other network application services;

  • User registration information, identity authentication information, electronic trading records, communication records, login logs and other information;

  • Documents, pictures, audio and video, digital certificates, computer program and other electronic documents;

  • Other information stored, processed and transmitted in digital form that can prove the facts of the case.

In China's judicial practice, there have been cases of judging with WeChat and WeiBo chat history as evidence. The promulgation of this decision marks that the supreme judicial organ of the state officially confirmed the evidential status of the chat history of WeChat and WeiBo in judicial interpretation.