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Are Facebook Photos Fair Game For Insurance Companies?

Are Facebook Photos Fair Game For Insurance Companies?

I just came across a story about a woman in Canada who lost insurance benefits because of a photo posted on Facebook. The woman was on medical leave from her job due to severe depression, and was receiving monthly disability payments from an insurance company. After she stopped receiving payments, she called her insurance company, who told her that she should be available to work because of photos she posted on Facebook that showed her looking happy and having a good time — hardly experiencing the crippling depression that kept her from going to work.

After the case started making headlines, the woman's insurance company issued a statement saying they would not terminate a policy based solely on something posted on Facebook; it remains to be seen whether or not the woman in question will be allowed to once again receive benefits.

I've heard countless stories of people being fired or getting into serious trouble for things they posted on Facebook, and even came up with a list of suggestions for how not to get in trouble on the site, but this case seems a bit extreme. What do you think?

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NurseKimberly NurseKimberly 6 years
Yes
elizabethsosewn elizabethsosewn 6 years
yeah i gotta agree with caroline. I'm a fond believer of "if you post it, they will look." Obviously the insurance company skipped a couple of steps in jumping to cancel her coverage, but if you are "severly depressed" to the point where you cannot manage work, then you shouldn't be able to manage hanging out and palling around with friends. it's like kids staying home from school sick. If you're too sick to go to school, you're too sick to hang out with friends. The insurance company has a right to see anything on the internet that anyone ELSE can see, and if you're volunteering information, then they have every right to use it.
elizabethsosewn elizabethsosewn 6 years
yeah i gotta agree with caroline. I'm a fond believer of "if you post it, they will look." Obviously the insurance company skipped a couple of steps in jumping to cancel her coverage, but if you are "severly depressed" to the point where you cannot manage work, then you shouldn't be able to manage hanging out and palling around with friends. it's like kids staying home from school sick. If you're too sick to go to school, you're too sick to hang out with friends. The insurance company has a right to see anything on the internet that anyone ELSE can see, and if you're volunteering information, then they have every right to use it.
caroline_1 caroline_1 6 years
If you're stupid enough to have all your pictures public, you get what you deserve.
Akasha Akasha 6 years
Miss Tina: Thanks for the update. I did not see the interview.
Miss-Tina Miss-Tina 6 years
Akasha, I saw her on the news and she said that they were for her birthday and a friends birthday the same year. I am not sure how the government (she lives in Canada) found that out the dates of the pictures but she admitted on the news that they were current.
Miss-Tina Miss-Tina 6 years
Akasha, I saw her on the news and she said that they were for her birthday and a friends birthday the same year. I am not sure how the government (she lives in Canda) found that out the dates of the pictures but she admitted on the news that they were current.
Miss-Tina Miss-Tina 6 years
I used to work at a doctors office and was told by a patient that they were declined life insurance because the company said that a picture on their page looked like she was take part in wreckless behavior. I don't know what the outcome was, but I know she was talking about suing the company.
darqbella darqbella 6 years
It depends. In the case of depression I find it hard to believe you can make a cut and dried medical diagnosis based on a photograph. However, if you're idiot enough to be bilking your insurance company saying you can't walk and your Facebook has you waterskiing on one leg and documenting your Ironman triathlon bid, I say go after the insurance fraud charges!
darqbella darqbella 6 years
It depends. In the case of depression I find it hard to believe you can make a cut and dried medical diagnosis based on a photograph. However, if you're idiot enough to be bilking your insurance company saying you can't walk and your Facebook has you waterskiing on one leg and documenting your Ironman triathlon bid, I say go after the insurance fraud charges!
Akasha Akasha 6 years
Did the photographs have a date stamp on them? There are a ton of pictures of me and my friends on Facebook that were put up months if not years after the time they were taken. Heck the pictures from last Halloween only made it up a few days before Halloween this year. A bunch of the people who were at the party I attended actually commented on what other party I went to since my costume was different.
Akasha Akasha 6 years
Did the photographs have a date stamp on them? There are a ton of pictures of me and my friends on Facebook that were put up months if not years after the time they were taken. Heck the pictures from last Halloween only made it up a few days before Halloween this year. A bunch of the people who were at the party I attended actually commented on what other party I went to since my costume was different.
marisaoswald marisaoswald 6 years
If the person is blatantly lying (like kismekate's cheer story), I think it would be a very good reason to open the case for further investigation. However, severe depression is a very real thing, and a couple of pictures will not tell you the whole story. They should have at least investigated further before canceling her claim.
kismekate kismekate 6 years
I work in insurance defense and the first thing we do is check for all public evidence accessible online. We once had a girl claim that she was no longer able to Cheer at her college football games anymore. But there it was. Photo evidence on her Myspace page that she was continuing to cheer just fine. She was trying to sucker thousands and thousands of dollars out of this poor woman for a fender bender. I feel no mercy for people who cheat the system like that.
kismekate kismekate 6 years
I work in insurance defense and the first thing we do is check for all public evidence accessible online. We once had a girl claim that she was no longer able to Cheer at her college football games anymore. But there it was. Photo evidence on her Myspace page that she was continuing to cheer just fine. She was trying to sucker thousands and thousands of dollars out of this poor woman for a fender bender. I feel no mercy for people who cheat the system like that.
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