What Risks Can Be Affiliated With Social Media?

1720 WordsJul 20, 20157 Pages
What risks can be affiliated with social media? Researchers Jennings, Blount and Weatherly (2014) correlate social media to an online pandora’s box”. “Bountiful riches” have been discovered from the use of social media but like pandora’s box, “a firestorm of unforeseen consequences” can come to light (Jennings et al, 2014, p. 96). As thousands can access a plethora of valuable information from social media, on the other hand, stalkers can collect a magnitude of personal data and whereabouts of people at any given moment. Companies and their employers are responsible for what their employees make public on social media. With that, corporations need to emphasize the need to protect the leakage of the firm’s privacy (Khan et al, 2014, p. 612). Most Social media applications will not grant an individual access to their website without supplying one’s identity by generating a profile. Privacy becomes a big issue with social media because one’s pictures, comments, videos, location, and profile are no longer private once they are published online. Lurkers can simply google one’s name and easily find pictures along with identifiable information. Government employees are warned against posting personally identifiable information, such as birthdays, address, profession, location and place of birth due to threats against America (Khan et al, 2014, p. 613). Likewise, the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) prohibits doctors and nurses from disclosing any
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