Private information is everywhere, what can you use? (10/11)

Codes of ethics are a long established means of maintaining accountability. And while ethics codes generally address privacy under the umbrella of minimizing harm and fairness. On social media, many people make large amounts of personal information available – either internationally or because they don’t understand the settings and features of a website. This information my unintentionally be discovered by others. At what point is the users’ failure or inability to protect their own privacy fair game for journalists? This is particularly evident following a death. Incredible amounts of personal information about the person can be found in their social media profiles. This information has the potential to be exploited or taken out of context. Is it worth the harm being done to the profession or the personal pain?

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