Privacy and On-line Posting to Social Media

When exciting things happen we want to tell EVERYBODY in York! It’s okay, it’s natural, and it’s fun to share those special events with friends and co-workers. However, there are some things that should not be shared.

Let me tell you a quick story…

One of my best friends here in York finally agreed to allow his youngest son to obtain his permit to drive a car. But, before Jr. could apply dad did his due diligence. We have his car insurance with Erie Insurance so there was no cost to add Jr. as permitted operator. Next followed the discussion about when Jr. would be allowed to drive, what car he’d be using, (and whether mom’s nerves could handle Jr. behind the wheel)! All was a GO! Jr. got his license one Saturday morning and was ecstatic! He was so excited, in fact, that he took a photo of his newly-minted license and posted it on Facebook for the entire world to see.

Enter the mean Insurance Agent…ME !

When I saw this posting I about passed coffee through my nose! I’m so glad Jr. got his license to drive his car all over York, but I wasn’t excited to see the Jr. just posted his name, address, date of birth, and driver’s license number for the entire world to see.

I’m sure you’ve heard of the problems with Identity Theft. That is a discussion for another posting, but clearly the level of information provided on a driver’s license, even a permit, is dangerous to expose publically. My quick call to Dad resulted in an immediate removal of this picture from Facebook. While Jr. was disappointed he couldn’t share his license copy, once fully educated he understood.

When posting photos online you should consider the following:

  • Does the posting provide any personally identifying information such as your full legal name or address?
  • Is there any personally identifiable numbers such as driver’s license, social security, passport, employee, phone, or other confidential numbers?
  • Does the photo provide enough information for the viewer to find your residence?
  • Etc.

Don’t get me wrong; I’m not suggesting you absolutely lock down postings. However, when information is made public a healthy dose of common sense will go a long way to preventing unwanted information from getting into the hands of others.

Happy Posting!!



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