Earlier this week, the world's most popular social network began allowing its users to list whether they participate in organ donor programs.
Facebook now allows consumers to list the point at which they became organ donors as a "life event," giving them the ability to provide details of where, when, why and how they began participating, according to a report from the Detroit Free Press
. By doing so, users can also join their state's organ donor registries and change their status with them.
But privacy experts say this may constitute considerable concerns for user data and may even be illegal, the report said. While medical information listed on Facebook and other social networks isn't required by federal law to be confidential, it can still constitute a significant privacy risk for those who list these details on their profiles.Eduard Goodman
, chief privacy officer for Identity Theft
911, has a blog about the dangers of listing too much sensitive personal information online and what social networking users should avoid revealing when their privacy settings aren't as high as they should be.
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