Many of us go about our days assuming that no one is really paying attention to us and for better or for worse, that leads to an assumption of privacy. However, in an age of smartphones and social media, it may be dangerous to make that assumption.
Consider this story – a couple “meet cute” on an airplane, have a generally pleasant conversation and then go about their merry way. What neither of them realized was that someone seated behind them was live-tweeting their entire story and it fascinated the nation – capturing more than 800,000 users who followed the account. The story was widely covered in the media, with the man in the story showing up on the Today Show, but the woman in the “romance” didn’t find the attention welcome and subsequently deleted her online presence. For a deeper take on this, click here for an article posted on The Business Insider.
Should these individuals have had an expectation of privacy, or, as they are in a public place, should it be assumed that there is always the risk of being filmed?
And what about this widely shared YouTube clip that showed up in my social media feeds numerous times last week:
Sure, it’s funny to watch this man look silly in front of the entire plane but does he deserve to have thousands of people make fun of him for doing something many of us might have done once or twice? Should the person filming the video have asked for his permission to share his image across the Internet?
While there are regulations in place for a business to require permissions to use photos and videos online, there are no such regulations currently that dictate how or where someone can use photos or videos on personal sites. Here are a few articles I found on the subject:
Samuelson-Glushko Canadian Internet Policy and Public Interest Clinic at the Centre for Law, Technology and Society, University of Ottawa: https://cippic.ca/en/FAQ/Photography_Law#permission
Global News (April 5, 2015): https://globalnews.ca/news/1927766/exploring-your-rights-when-strangers-take-your-picture-in-public/
As more and more content is shared online and people are looking for that viral post that brings them a measure of Internet “fame,” we can clearly see that it still remains up to each individual person to guard their privacy when out in the public world, as much as they can anyway.
What do you think? Is whatever happens in public up for posting? Is legislation required to regulate personal content use?
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