On Friday, the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services announced that it would crack down on nursing home operators whose employees record and post on social media demeaning audio, images, and video of their residents.
ProPublica recently documented almost fifty incidents during the past several years where nursing home and assisted living facility employees took unauthorized abusive photos of their patients and posted them online without permission. ProPublica’s investigation prompted Sen. Charles Grassley to contact the U.S. Department of Justice and the Office of Civil Rights to work on a solution to this increasingly troubling problem.
Posting photos of others in vulnerable positions is not just a problem in nursing homes, assisted living facilities, and in hospitals, it is also a problem in other areas where people may unclothe. For example, earlier this year, 2015 Playboy Playmate of the Year Dani Mathers took a naked photo of a fellow gym member of LA Fitness getting out of the shower and posted it on Snapchat for “sh#ts and giggles”.
Social media abuse is increasing faster than the law can keep up. Therefore, it is imperative for companies to ensure that their employees are properly trained about these issues by legal experts to avoid easily preventable multi-million dollar social media privacy lawsuits.
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