Sharing Individual Electronic Data Isn’t Always Bad
Sharing statistical data is a legitimate activity. It allows health care professionals to track contagious diseases and research medicinal effectiveness. Public planners and developers use shared statistical data to track population trends and predict future infrastructure needs. Marketing and design professionals use it to determine product demographics and production schedules.
Do We Need An Electronic Data Privacy Law?
Statistical data frequently contains identifying information — which has raised electronic data privacy law questions and concerns. In some cases, digital personal identification is valid and even desired. For example, shopping or dining preferences allow specific offers or coupons to be directed to consumers likely to value and act on them. Such advertisements are especially effective when sent to a phone when the individual is at or near the establishment.
Personal Electronic Data Use & Collection Can Be Very Concerning (Think: Insurance Companies With Too Much Information, Employers Judging You On Your “College Years”)
Insurance Companies Can Do Damage With Too Much Info
Insurance companies might use healthcare records to avoid issuing policies to individuals with potentially costly conditions or certain genetic profiles. Many times this data consists of information the insurers are not otherwise permitted to obtain prior to making policy decisions.
Finance Records and Personal Responsibility
Financial records, credit scores and court records are already used to screen potential employees; companies evaluate individuals based upon that information and decide whether or not to extend employment offers. Individuals know this, and are expected to take responsibility.
Employers Access to Social Media Profiles
These days, a growing trend is for employers to search social media forums such as Facebook or Twitter and to obtain information that has not traditionally been associated with employment concerns. Postings made years ago or under unusual circumstances may suddenly be taken out of context and used as a basis for denying employment opportunities. Postings hinting at ethnicity or sexual preference may be covertly used as a basis for illegal discrimination or preferential treatment by employers.
Get In Touch With A Lawyer Who Understands Data Privacy Law
It is tempting to say that individuals are responsible for their own actions and subsequent ramifications. However, situations are not always clear cut. Individuals mature and change as they grow-up, and postings made as a twenty-something may not reflect the character of the person at thirty-something.
If you’re a business in need of an electronic data privacy legal audit, or you’re a person who has been unfairly treated due to potential unfair access to your personal data, get in touch today. Our law firm handles all manners of Internet law issues, including information security cases.
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