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Privacy in the Social Media Age- Recent Case

The recently published topless photos of Kate Middleton are a further reminder of the blurring between what is public and what is private. In this day and age it’s a very gray area. Between Facebook and Twitter, people seem to share a lot of themselves. Such being the case, what is truly classified as private?

To be honest there are hardly any laws that exist that deal with social media and the internet. It’s not easy given the international nature of social media. In whose jurisdiction would the person be protected? In whose would the person be prosecuted?

It’s a dangerous world we live in. What would happen if there was a scandal caused by one of your former disgruntled employees leaking sensitive information online? How do you deal with that? Mud sticks and when it comes to social media it’s easy for people to sling lots of it.

Legislators have tried to propose new laws but for the most part it has come to nothing. Still some laws do apply to social media.

The Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) and the Health Information Technology for Economic and Clinical Health (HITECH) Act can both be applied to social media. What this mean is that a person can publish the medical details of a person online without their consent.

On top of this the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) and the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) has said that insider trading laws are still in play when it comes to social media.

But when it comes to trolling and stalking what can be done? You can get the IP address of the person but then what? What a victim has to realize is that when they sign on to a site the fine print of registering may say that their information could be sold or shared.

A person could post a personal photo onto Facebook and it’s then copied/pasted thousands of times. There is no recourse for that.

At the end of the day if you are concerned about social media and privacy don’t post, say or do anything that you wouldn’t want shared or to be made public. If you are going to a job interview and don’t want them look at your photos, don’t post them. Prevention is far better than cure.

Author Bio:- Jason Allen writes about business. He is an expert in all things market research Los Angeles. When not doing this, he likes to cook.

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