Hey Gang,

Sorry I wasnt real sure where to post this so it ended up here...

Let me start this off by saying Im a computer nerd and systems administrator (more computer nerd stuff), so if Im just over paranoid please let me know, but I know all information is retained and stored in the bits and binary world without exception.

So these threads we post in are open to view from the internet with no requirements username / password or otherwise. I see two sides to this.

1. it opens up the information we share to others who maybe searching the web for said information and we all seem to be about helping others. So thats great.

2. This is the adverse side. Any information we put up here (feelings, test results, complications, etc.) is openly and freely available to anyone who searches it out (ahh the paranoia just kicked in).  Im not quite sure how I feel about this and its a real double edge sword with no black and white solution. Not that Im the resolution provider here, mind you. What does this mean? Well, if my work wanted to know indepth about my current health status, come on down! If my insurance company wanted to drop me for some random reason other than the cronic disease, these threads might hold a good excuse. Etc., etc.

How do you all feel about this? Am I just being paranoid?

All input is greatly appreciated.

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I post on a number of other boards not diabetic related too. If you post anything on the internet its like putting a sandwich board out in front of your home. Its your choice. Programs more powerful than Google then do their things.

If I was to ask 6 people who know you Source I likely would find someone who knows about your medical condition. Why, very few people keep their medical conditions completely private. You share for support with your friends so it is not out of the realm to share on a internet board too.

I am more concerned about malfeasance in medical clinics and insurance companies from employees who like to snoop just for snooping sake from people who may know you. Now with electronic records and sharing this situation is bound to get worse.
If I was to ask 6 people who know you Source I likely would find someone who knows about your medical condition.

Agreed. Those 6 friends could however use discretion in the event my Ins. company or employer contacted them. I realize I have and exercise that discretion as well. It does keep me from being totally open about my life with Diabetes in discussions. This might be different if some threads were closed to members only. Or at least my false sense of security would be strengthened. =^)

Also am totally aware of data mining and the deep net, but they just seem to add to the conspiracy theory.
I do stop and think before I post, as to the content and how it could be interpreted. But I think I need to be even more careful. We have all seen/heard stories of health insurance companies stopping coverage for what most people consider stupid reasons. Remember the woman who did not "disclose" that she had acne as a teenager?
And even with the new law about not refusing coverage due to pre-existing conditions--there are still ways to cut off coverage. Mine is fairly safe (I hope!) but there are other reasons to be cautious about telling all. I would feel better, in fact, if the earlier poster had not had tudiabetes come up second in his/her google search!!
Big Brother is Watching You! LOL. And Bsc, I always thought you WERE Alfred E. Neuman. Another bubble burst.




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