Wednesday, December 05, 2007

Facebook Saving Face?

Social networking site apologizes to users over flap from new controversial ad feature.
Angry users complained of privacy and truth in advertising violations. To see the whole scoop, click here.


LB said...

What's this got to do with bioethics...or even health?

Unknown said...

Matters of privacy and misleading advertising are neither issue nor gender-driven, nor should they be.

Privacy laws are of critical importance to all of us--whether it concerns HIPAA privacy laws regulating the proper dissemination and protection of medical information of an individual--or a social networking site, where privacy can become a matter of personal safety when you consider who sees your information and for what purposes it's being used. And who can deny the importance of truth in advertising today, when considering the methods used in the marketing of drugs, personal products, diets, foods, etc.

True, this article was about issues outside of the bioethics arena, however, I still considered it to be an important story, affecting anyone who uses the internet, whether on a social networking site, medical information site, or anywhere else where personal information is extracted. Healthy discourse and debate on protection issues is a major 21st century issue and will become even more so over the next 5 to 10 years.