What rights and responsibilities do you have to protect your privacy on the Internet?
What really is protected in today’s new media generation? Recent news articles have been writing about how even the tightest security settings on sites such as Facebook can still be seen by those you may not what to see. Recently in the news arose a storys of how Insurance Companies have been looking at peoples Facebook to fight off insurance fraud.
Insurance Companies are checking out photos and things posted to Facebook’s to make sure no insurance fraud is happening. One example is a man’s insurance company was looking at his photos of him drinking a beer sitting on the beach. After viewing this the insurance company dropped him and stopped paying him his disability check for an at work injury.
Another case is a women who is now fighting the insurance company after her sick leave benefits were revoked because of photos that were on her Facebook. The women had taken a leave from work after being diagnosed with “major depression” but was cut off after photos were seen of her private Facebook of her having fun at her own birthday party.
How can we believe that anything is “private” any more. There is so much technology available to everyone these days that any one really, truly has access to EVERYTHING if they want. So I do not know if I can discuss this topic this week because I am unsure of what rights I have to protect my privacy on the Internet anymore…