David Maass, media relations coordinator and investigative researcher for the San Francisco-based Electronic Frontier Foundation, thinks Twitter users will be surprised when their symptoms are displayed on FoodBorne’s Twitter feed. Maass views this as a teachable moment for social media users accustomed to sharing everything online.

“Maybe people need to have slightly better digital hygiene,” he said.

Maass, however, does not see any overarching privacy concerns since the user already put the tweet out in the “Twitterverse.” Foodborne’s privacy policy addresses matters of information sharing and storage by encrypting information shared by the user and not selling or sharing the user’s information with third parties, said Maas.

Maass would like to know how FoodBorne handles Freedoms of Information Act requests for reports submitted on Foodborne’s website, as that issue is not addressed in the privacy policy.

Tuesday, August 26, 2014
Chicago Talks