When Technology Intersects with Privacy:


Technology can be both helpful — and scary. There was an interesting article recently in the StarTribune about police use of unmanned ariel drones — the ones who helped revolutionize modern warfare in Iraq and Afghanistan. In North Dakota, the police used an unmanned drone to assist in the arrest of a U.S. citizen on his own property. While drones may have some good uses — scouting rural areas for lost children, identifying hot spots in forest fires before they get out of control, monitoring field crops, etc., the use of these drones to spy on public citizens on their own private property raises privacy concerns and is even scary. Interesting article below:

We are sure you can think of many other types of technology that place privacy at risk. We are wondering if the insurance companies will use drones to spy on our clients to gather evidence against them for a future lawsuit.  Maybe try to get pictures of someone claiming to have a bad back taking the garbage out.  They have done it in the past with private investigators who have followed our clients after an accident.  We can actually see personal injury lawyers using drones as well.  For example to get pictures and videos of an accident scene and the route that was driven prior to a car accident. Of course, the most common use of technology to get personal information on people is through social media.  Our accident injury lawyers have had many cases in Minnesota where the insurance company or their lawyer will go through our client’s Facebook page to get information harmful to their case. When social media accounts are open to public view, it is very easy for the insurance company attorney to do this. People like to post their activities and information about their lives on Facebook.  The insurance company will go through these Facebook posts and pick out the ones that help the insurance company’s case.  Out attorneys have seen this done many times.