Thursday, February 23, 2012

Facebook making our lives better:

From Yahoo (warning, autoplay video):
Take the case of Minnesota man Aaron Olson. His uncle, Randall LaBrie, posted some pictures (which have yet to surface publicly or online for us to find and post here) from Olson's childhood of him in front of the Christmas tree accompanied by some less than flattering captions. When Olson became aware of the photos, he asked his uncle to take them down. Instead, LaBrie just untagged the photos and allegedly told his nephew that if he did not like the photos, "he should stay off Facebook." So, Olson sued LaBrie for harassment. Not surprisingly, a Minnesota court threw the case out, with Judge Natalie E. Hudson ruling that in order for the photos to be considered harassment, they must have a "substantial adverse effect on the safety, security, or privacy of another." Also, earlier in the week, the Court of Appeals of Minnesota denied Olson's complaint.
How about Yahoo saying lamenting the fact that the pictures "have yet to surface publicly or online for us to find and post here"?

So, you can take pictures of children who have no idea what's going on or the ability to stop it, and put them out there for all the world to see.

Chicken or egg? Is Facebook responsible for the erosion of privacy, or had the erosion of privacy gotten to the point where a Facebook thrives?


de minimis non curat praetor

By Anonymous Anonymous, at 2/23/2012 6:07 AM  

Welcome to the virtual Panopticon.

By Anonymous Anonymous, at 2/23/2012 7:37 AM  

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