Organ Donation Feature Garners Applause and Warnings
SOCIAL NETWORKINGMay 2, 2012
The announcement of Facebook's new feature allowing people to add organ donation status to their profiles has members of Congress and organ donation advocates lauding the company, but Deven McGraw of the Center for Democracy and Technology warns that medical information on Facebook isn't protected under healthcare privacy laws, noting, "The sensitivity of health information underscores the need for there to be some baseline regulations on privacy protection to guard people." While one expert says a Facebook declaration is legal, questions remain, and privacy settings mean doctors may need to gain access to users' donation preference. Rep. Mary Bono Mack (R-CA) has praised the company for including "important privacy safeguards" in the feature.