COA: Expert Should Have Testified About Personal Medical Practices

first_img COA: Expert Should Have Testified About Personal Medical PracticesMarilyn Odendah for www.indianalawyer.comIn a case of first impression, the Indiana Court of Appeals ruled a patient in a medical malpractice case should have been able to cross-examine the medical expert about his personal medical practices.David Oaks filed a malpractice complaint after he suffered a perforated colon which required surgery to repair, the removal of his spleen and a long rehabilitation that included more operations. He argued that his surgeon Timothy Chamberlain should have ordered an x-ray after the surgery to remove his gallbladder which would have shown a problem in the colon.At trial in Whitley Circuit Court, Chamberlain offered the testimony of Wayne Moore, M.D., who testified that the defendant did not violate the standard of care when treating Oaks. Outside the presence of the jury, Oaks elicited testimony from Moore that he would have obtained a post-operative x-ray.However, the trial court did not allow the jury to hear those statements by Moore. The jury returned a verdict in favor of Chamberlain.Oaks appealed, raising the question of whether cross-examination of an adversary medical expert on his or her personal practices can be used to impeach the expert’s credibility regarding his or her opinion on the standard of care.Arguing the Court of Appeals should allow evidence of personal medical practices to attack testimony about the standard of care, Oaks and amicus curiae Indiana Trial Lawyers Association noted a majority of other states to address this issue have held an expert can be impeached with his personal practices when they differ from the accepted practices.Chamberlain maintained Moore’s testimony should have been excluded because it only showed that the expert would have gone beyond the common medical treatment. It did not conflict with what he told the jury about the standard of care.The Court of Appeals reversed the trial court and remanded the case for a new trial in David Oaks v. Timothy R. Chamberlain, M.D., 92A04-1609-CC-2941. The judges found Moore’s testimony was incomplete because he only stated he would have gotten an x-ray but did not give a reason why he would have done so.“Dr. Moore’s testimony about his personal practices was in conflict with his testimony on the standard of care,” Judge Edward Najam wrote for the court. “Therefore, he personal practice testimony was relevant and admissible. … The disparity in Dr. Moore’s testimony was relevant for impeachment purposes.”Chamberlain countered with two additional arguments.First, he asserted even if personal practices testimony was relevant, it should have been excluded under Indiana Rule of Evidence 403. The testimony’s probative value was substantially outweighed by its potential to cause unfair prejudice and confuse the jury.Second, even if it was an error to exclude testimony about Moore’s personal practices, he contended the error was harmless.The Court of Appeals disagreed with both arguments.The appellate panel found the jury is capable of understanding that the standard of care and a witness’s credibility about the standard of care are not one and the same. Also, it ruled that the exclusion of Moore’s personal practices testimony had a probable impact on Oaks’ substantial rights.FacebookTwitterCopy LinkEmailSharelast_img read more

Police investigating shots fired, leaving 1 injured in Ithaca

first_imgThis incident is under investigation, and no additional information is available at this time.  Officers arrived on scene at the 100 block of Clevland Avenue and located a man believed to be in his 30’s with a gunshot wound to his lower body. The man was transported to a hospital with non-life-threatening injuries. The Ithaca Police Department was assisted by the Tompkins County Sheriff’s Office, Cornell University Police Department and Bangs Ambulance.  Anyone with information should contact the Ithaca Police Department.Police Dispatch: (607) 272-3245Police Administration: (607) 272-9973Anonymous Email Tip: cityofithaca.org/ipdtipscenter_img ITHACA, N.Y. (WBNG) — The Ithaca Police Department is investigating reports of shots fired leaving one injured Tuesday night.  Police say a patrol supervisor was near the intersection of W Clinton Street and S Meadow Street around 6:30 p.m. when he heard several gunshots coming from Cleveland Avenue. The police department says a resident in the area called 911 for a report of gunshots around the same time. last_img read more

County senior camogie title up for grabs

first_imgBurgess-Duharra are going for five titles in a row.Their manager Darrell Tucker says their forwards are in good form coming into the final.Borrisoleigh are playing in their first ever senior decider.last_img

Protest at Capitol against Senate Secretary

first_imgMHM Eko- workers protest against US$82,560 unpaid salaryover US$82K Unpaid SalariesThe courtyard of the Capitol Building hosting the members of the First Branch of Government was on Tuesday, September 3, 2019, a scene of chaos when the over 15 workers of the MHM Eko-Liberia staged a ‘peaceful protest’ in demand of their alleged unpaid salary for 15 months AOJIN  US$82,560.The amount, according to some protestors, is owed by the secretary of the Senate Nanborlor Singbeh.Tuesday’s protest is the second in five months against Singbeh.He holds 30 percent of the business in question, while two Czech Republic nationals, Pavel Miloschewsky and Martin Miloschewsky hold 35 percent each as a share of the business.During Tuesday’s protest, the aggrieved employees submitted four separate communications to Vice President and President of the Senate, Jewel Howard-Taylor; Senate Pro-Tempore Albert T. Chie, Senator Oscar A. Cooper, and the chairman of the Margibi County’s legislative caucus, Representative Ben Fofana, as they called on them to prevail on Singbeh to pay their ‘just benefits.’The employees, who turned aggrieved, paraded with several posters with inscriptions like: “Singbeh, you are not above the law; pay our benefits.” Other reads,” Singbeh, you are corrupt, enough is enough, pay our 15-months salaries.”When contacted at his capitol building office while the protest was ongoing, Singbeh said his company did not legitimately employ any of the aggrieved workers as they were insinuating.“They were not employees, but casual workers because we want them (at the time) to earn money that they would take to their family,” Singbeh alleges.He also claimed that there was no contractual agreement signed between his company and those who felt that they’re among some ‘aggrieved employees.’“We don’t have any contract document to show that they are employees of my company, so I don’t owe them any salaries or benefits,” Singbeh said.Singbeh said his company was no longer operating, “and so I don’t have any money to pay the daily hired workers.”According to him, his company had only six employees, three of them are security guards, while the rest were caretakers.Singbeh claimed that his company had paid all the six employees and that they did not owe any other employees.But Singbeh did not show any document to that effect when reporters interviewed him on Tuesday.However, document in the Daily’s Observer newspaper’s possession, under the title, “Application for Incentive,” confirmed the employees claim as justified by a letter reportedly Singbeh wrote on February 10, 2015 to George W. Wisner, Executive Director and acting chairman of the National Investment Commission (NIC).In that communication, Singbeh informed the NIC that his company has 82 employees, instead of six as it was being rumored.In that letter also, Singbeh said he had 30 unskilled workers; three sites securities; three drivers and 40 skilled workers, as well as a good number of administrative staff.On the issues concerning the salary, Singbeh then informed the NIC that the overall salaries of the unskilled workers were US$15,750. He puts the salaries of the site’s securities and drivers as US$1,350 each, while we paid the skilled workers with US$36,000.In their letter of protest to Vice President Taylor, a copy addressed to the lawmakers, the aggrieved employees added, “Singbeh claimed that we are not employees of the company is a diabolical lie, because his own letter to the NIC named us as employees of MHM Eko-Liberia.”The aggrieved employees’ letter said that they have already sued Singbeh in the Debt Court at the Temple of Justice, whenever, it schedules the case for the hearing, Singbeh’s lawyer will ask for its postponement, because he was not prepared for the trial.“Singbeh feels that he is above the law, so whenever, the court schedules the case for hearing, and we come from Margibi County to hear from the court,” the group spokesperson Francis G. Kerkulah claimed.Kerkulah also said that they agreed with Singbeh in 2013 of which Singbeh agreed for them to work for nine hours and above; and that he was going to pay the employees for overtime work, which has failed to pay to US$82,560.As a result of the Singbeh’s action and many others, the company decided to fold up since last year.Among those who took part in yesterday’s protest was Mrs. Gartee Lorwoe, the widow of the late James Lorwoe, who had sued Singbeh, accusing him of owing her and her five children US$20,000, equivalent to four years unpaid rental fees for 50 acres of undeveloped forest land that contained two large deposits of rocks around the Leiyea Mountain in Seeke Town, District#4, Margibi County.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Former Irish athletics stars to launch Patsy McGonagle’s book, ‘Relentless’

first_imgTwo former Irish athletics stars will be in Donegal next Monday night to mark the launch of Patsy McGonagle’s new autobiography.Former World champion and Olympic medallist Rob Heffernan and former European champion David Gillick will be the guests of honour at the official launch of ‘Relentless: A Race Through Time’, which charts the story of McGonagle’s life and times.Picture: Patsy McGonagle with Rob Heffernan after his gold medal win at the 2013 World Championships in Moscow. There is an open invite to the launch, which takes place at the Finn Valley Centre at 8pm.McGonagle was Irish athletics team manager for 25 years, during which time he led the cream of Irish track and field (including Sonia O’Sullivan, Heffernan, Gillick, Derval O’Rourke and Mark English) into 4 Olympic Games, 6 World Championships and 6 European Championships.In his time in charge, Ireland came home with 2 Olympic medals, 9 World medals and 27 European medals.McGonagle was Irish manager when Heffernan won gold in the men’s 50k race walk at the 2013 World Championships in Moscow and oversaw Gillick’s winning of a European indoor gold medal in 2007 in Birmingham. Patsy McGonagle with David GillickIrish athletics icon O’Sullivan, who won a silver medal at McGonagle’s first Olympic Games in Sydney 2000 is set to feature on the launch via video link from Australia.McGonagle’s memoir, written by Donegal Daily/Donegal Sport Hub Sports Editor Chris McNulty and published by Hero Books, charts the Ballybofey man’s remarkable story and will be on sale on the night.A graduate from St Mary’s College for Physical Education in London in 1972, McGonagle never lost sight of his home county – he built Finn Valley Athletics Club into a world class facility, and twice served as a coach and selector with the Donegal senior football team.McGonagle now tells his amazing life story in which he always remained Relentless.‘Relentless: A Race Through Time’Patsy McGonagle, A Memoir (with Chris McNulty)Published: June 2019, Hero Books, €20.00 (ISBN 9781910827079) Advertisement Former Irish athletics stars to launch Patsy McGonagle’s book, ‘Relentless’ was last modified: June 4th, 2019 by Staff WriterShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:Chris McNultyDavid GillickFinn Valley ACmark englishpatsy mcgonagleRelentlessRob HeffernanSonia O’Sullivanlast_img read more

NEF: Fund to boost black entrepreneurs

first_imgThe National Empowerment Fund (NEF) is a government agency set up to provide capital for black economic empowerment transactions.The aim of the NEF is to ensure that black economic empowerment benefits not only the black elite but also women, workers, the youth, people with disabilities and the rural poor. (Image: Brand South Africa)Brand South Africa reporterEstablished via legislation, the NEF is a driver and a thought-leader in promoting and facilitating black economic participation through the provision of financial and non- financial support to black empowered businesses, as well as by promoting a culture of savings and investment among black people.Download: The National Empowerment Fund Act No 105 of 1998 and the Broad-Based Black Economic Empowerment Act No. 53 of 2003 [PDF]The NEF Trust operates under the umbrella of the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) and is governed by a board of trustees which is chaired by the director-general of the DTI.It has as its strategic objectives:promotion and support of business ventures pioneered and run by black people;promotion of the understanding of equity ownership among black people;provide black people with direct and indirect opportunities to acquire share interests in state-owned and private business enterprises;encourage and promotion of investments, savings and meaningful economic participation among black people.The NEF’s mandate and funding are in line with national growth and industrial objectives which aim to increase South Africa’s competitiveness and support for co- operatives and small businesses.As the debate concerning what constitutes meaningful and sustainable BB-BEE evolves, the NEF says it anticipates future funding and investment requirements to help black individuals, communities and businesses achieve each element of the Codes of Good Practice on B-BBEE.Download: The Codes of Good Practice [PDF]These include a focus on preferential procurement, broadening the reach of black equity ownership, transformation in management and staff and preventing the dilution of black shareholding.Broad-based black economic empowerment, or B-BBEE, is a strategy to ensure all South Africans are able to meanfully participate in the mainstream economy. (Image: Brand South Africa)Empowerment dividendThe agency’s main investment areas are construction, information and communication technology and media, and food and agro-processing.The impact of the NEF is not driven only by financial terms, but by the “empowerment dividend”. This is made up of criteria such as:Broad-based black economic empowerment (ownership, management control, employment equity, skills)Black women empowermentJob creationGrowth sectorsGeographic spreadInvestment returnTransactions concludedFocused fundsSME and rural and community developmentThe iMbewu Fund supports black entrepreneurs wishing to start new businesses as well support existing black-owned enterprises with expansion capital. The Fund supports these entities by offering debt, quasi-equity and equity finance products. Funding threshold: R250 000 to R10-million.The iMbewu Fund offer supports to black entrepreneurs with expansion capital. (Image: SA Tourism)The NEF Rural and Community Development Fund provides investment from R1-million to R50-million to commercially viable projects that seek to economically benefit communities in rural and peri-urban areas. Sectors to be funded include: primary and secondary agriculture; agro-processing; manufacturing; tourism; agro-forestry; retail property development; aqua and marine culture; small-scale mining; renewal energy.Corporate finance and venture capitalThe NEF uMnotho Fund is designed to improve access to BEE capital. It provides investment debt and equity solutions from R2-million to R75-million, focusing mainly on providing capital to finance acquisitions, expansions and new ventures.Strategic projects fund is focused on increasing the inclusion of black people in early-stage projects. While sectors are those identified as important drivers of growth by the government, each project will be judged on economic merit and ability to deliver on the development mandate.How do I apply for funding?Whether a start-up or an exisiting business, applicants must fill in an application form once they have familiarised themselves with the NEF requirements and products. The application serves as a screening document, after which you may be requested to draw up a comprehensive business plan.See:Funding solutions on the NEF websiteContact the NEFCall centre:  0861 843 633 / 0861 (THE NEF)Website: www.nefcorp.co.zaEmail:For general enquiries: [email protected]/For funding enquiries: [email protected] you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See Using Brand South Africa material.last_img read more

Watch: South Africa at the 2016 World Economic Forum on Africa

first_imgSouth Africa sent a high-powered delegation of government, business and civil society leaders to the 2016 World Economic Forum on Africa, held in Kigali, Rwanda, from 11 to 13 May. Watch video coverage of their contribution to the continental gathering.South African Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa (right) greets Philipp Rösler, head of the Centre for Regional Strategies at the World Economic Forum, at WEF Africa in Kigali on 12 May 2016. (Image: WEF / Benedikt von Loebell)last_img

Gift of the Givers appeals for Beaufort West water help

first_imgSouth African relief aid organisation the Gift of the Givers has appealed to all South Africans to help combat the drought in the Western Cape, particularly in the town of Beaufort West, where the water supply is dire.The Gift of the Givers is helping to avert the water crisis in Beaufort West and the surrounding region, through water management projects as well as donations of animal feed and water. (Image: Gift of the Givers website)CD AndersonThe group has asked that South Africans donate sealed bottled water to be sent to Beaufort West, in the Karoo. The town’s dam, its only water supply, has run dry and residents are relying solely on borehole water and treated sewage water.In addition to donations from the public, the Gift of the Givers is working with hydrologists to source much-needed groundwater. The team is led by hydrologist Dr Gideon Groenewald.1.2 Million Litres per day for Beaufort West. #DroughtSA pic.twitter.com/3euwbbvzFe— Gift of the Givers (@GiftoftheGivers) November 28, 2017Givers chairman Imtiaz Sooliman said at the beginning of November 2017 that while the project to find groundwater was progressing well, the town needed much more to tackle the crisis. “We did find water. Right now, we have 420,000 litres per day. That borehole should be fully functional today. We are looking at more boreholes for at least 1 million litres of water a day, so that the whole town can be fed.”Today, @GiftoftheGivers is delighted to announce that we can safely pump out 1.2 million litres a day without stressing the new aquifers we have drilled into. #DroughtSA pic.twitter.com/U9vPWycjUI— Gift of the Givers (@GiftoftheGivers) November 28, 2017After 28 days of work on the project, the Givers announced on 28 November that 1.2 million litres a day was now being safely pumped into the town’s water reservoirs. It added: “We still pray for… rains to fill the various dams in the region and the underground water reserves, simultaneously requesting all South Africans to conserve this scarce resource and use it sparingly and efficiently.”The Gift of the Givers is also intervening in the nearby farming town of Vredendal, with relief deliveries of animal fodder and food and water for almost 3,000 farm workers.We open in prayer…it’s not about Black & White or them & us or Christian & Muslim, it’s about humanity, acknowledging our diversity, holding hands together because we are ALL South African. #DroughtSA https://t.co/HK86B6Mbj6 pic.twitter.com/CPqF4klm5K— Gift of the Givers (@GiftoftheGivers) November 16, 2017A visit to Sutherland with 2 trucks of fodder & a 3rd bringing cotton. #DroughtSA details here: https://t.co/HK86B6Mbj6 pic.twitter.com/sUpq948aEm— Gift of the Givers (@GiftoftheGivers) November 16, 2017Both the Givers and the Beaufort West municipality have appealed to travellers passing through the region in December to donate what they can to help relieve the crisis.In addition, the relief organisation is calling on all South Africans, but especially big business, to get involved in the ongoing intervention project. It particularly called on companies specialising in water management and operations, in order to source and deliver groundwater. It also needs transport companies to give time and transport to deliver water donations to the area.“We are appealing to the broader South African society to help the most vulnerable communities,” Gift of the Givers co-ordinator Farouk Jogiat said yesterday.In Gauteng, people can deliver water donations to the corner of 25 Arterial Road and 26 Kloof Road, Bedfordview. Other drop-off sites in Gauteng and around the rest of the country will be published on social media once they have been confirmed.In the meantime, financial donations and other contributions can be made through the project co-ordinators, Farouk Jogiat on 082 351 7864 and Mohammed Yehia Dicko on 084 244 7744.For information about and news on the project’s progress in the Western Cape, contact the Gift of the Givers Foundation toll free number 0800 786 777 or visit its website here.“[Donations] will make an immense difference to the quality of life of those most stricken and affected by the devastating drought,” Jogiat concluded.Source: EWN, Gift of the Givers websiteWould you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See Using Brand South Africa material.last_img read more

Helping the Homeless in Seattle

first_imgIn 2011, Seattle architect Rex Hohlbein began taking pictures of people living on the street and posting the photographs on a Facebook page. He was trying to capture the stories behind the stereotypes, and in a few years the project had blossomed into a non-profit advocacy group called Facing Homelessness. Its motto was “Just Say Hello.” Hohlbein’s goal was to break down the negative stereotypes that divided homeless people from everyone else. In time, his architectural practice became a kind of hangout where people could stop in, have a cup of coffee, use the bathroom, and pass the time of day. That turned out to be just a start. A few years later, Hohlbein’s daughter, Jenn LaFreniere, moved back to town after earning her master’s degree in architecture. The two began meeting every Friday morning for coffee to talk about what they could do as architects to ease a homelessness problem that had reached crisis proportions.RELATED ARTICLESBuilding Community to End HomelessnessTiny Houses Join the Building CodeRethinking the Small House Sweet SpotBoston Mulls a New Template for Urban HousingLittle Houses Are a Big Step for Dallas Homeless And from those conversations sprang the BLOCK Project, a grassroots effort to pair someone in need of a place to live with a homeowner willing to give up part of their backyard for a 125-square-foot self-contained house. The first of those houses — designed by Hohlbein and LaFreniere and their new firm BLOCK Architects — was finished last October. Three others are either complete or in the works. The $30,000 houses are built with donated labor and many donated materials and funded entirely by contributions from the community, LaFreniere said in a telephone call. The average donation is less than $15. According to the project’s website, enough money has been donated to build 13 houses. More than 100 city homeowners have volunteered to have one of the houses placed in their yards. “We ultimately think of the BLOCK Project as a community building project where neighbors come together to help those in need,” she said. Their hope is that the tiny houses eventually will be used to help not just the homeless but also for those with mental health issues, refugees, and the elderly. The program’s inaugural hosts are Kim Sherman and her partner Dan. Their new backyard tenant is 76-year-old Robert, who spent a decade living in emergency shelters and on the street prior to his move. Sherman describes their decision to become involved in the program, and how it’s worked out to date, in this guest blog. It originally appeared at Trim Tab, a blog published by the International Living Future Institute. Building a solid administrative foundation The houses are owned by the BLOCK Project, not the homeowners who host them, and are considered detached accessory dwellings under the city’s municipal code, according to the FAQ section of the project’s website. Single-family lots of at least 4,000 square feet can legally accommodate an accessory dwelling of up to 800 square feet. (See the photo gallery at the top of this column for two drawings that offer more detail about how the houses are built.) The program has taken pains to create a legal framework that protects both residents and homeowners. Social service agencies help screen prospective residents, who must agree to follow a code of conduct. Residents currently do not pay rent. The houses are built so they can be taken apart and moved, as might be the case should a homeowner decide to move. The BLOCK Project is hoping the house design will meet the rigorous certification requirements of the Living Building Challenge. “We know that BLOCK homes are not going to be a perfect fit for everyone,” LaFreniere said. “We’re putting a lot of emphasis on the match-making process with the resident and the host family. We want that to be more of a friendship than a legal, contractual relationship.” The organization has been careful to think through some of the scenarios that might crop up. “We have spent a lot of time creating a solid foundation for this project and trying to think through a lot of stuff,” LaFreniere said. “We have more lawyers on this project than architects.” It’s early going for the program, but interest is picking up in other cities where homelessness is proving to be an increasingly difficult problem. The project has had inquiries from several major cities, LaFreniere said, including San Jose; Portland, Oregon; San Diego; and Boston. “The BLOCK Project is a community building project,” the website says. “We believe that as a city and a society we end homelessness when every member of the community is engaged in the solution … The BLOCK Home is just one component of what is needed for someone to transition out of homelessness. In order to thrive, we all need community and access to resources and the density of a metropolitan area makes both of these things possible.”last_img read more

McAfee Digs For Gold In Facebook’s Privacy Mess

first_imgGuide to Performing Bulk Email Verification Facebook is Becoming Less Personal and More Pro… No one cries for Mark Zuckerberg, but Facebook is in an increasingly tough spot. To generate ad money, it must track all member communications, but to keep members, it can’t share too much information. Now security vendor McAfee wants to help Zuckerberg make that spread, for its own bottom line.Social ProtectionMcAfee this month plans to release a beta Facebook application called Social Protection that acts as a kind of photo vault, so people can control who sees which of their pictures.McAfee says the post-beta app will monitor photos that other people post on the site. Customers will be alerted when those pictures contain a person who looks like them. People then could ask for the removal of shots showing them having too much fun Saturday night.McAfee plans to offer the app for free until it figures out if there’s money in Facebook’s stumbling privacy efforts.Facebook has sparked controversy with just about every change it has made to its privacy controls, starting with the introduction of News Feeds, back in 2006. This has created lots of suspicion among members, and McAfee wants to see if it can profit from that. McAfee, which is owned by Intel, claims its research shows that members want more privacy. “This is a concern for (Facebook members), and it’s something that they would like for somebody to solve,” Brian Foster, senior vice president of consumer product management for McAfee, said.Is McAfee Betting On Paranoia?With more than 900 million participants and a chaotic history of dealing with the issue, Facebook privacy seems like a potential gold mine, but is there a real need here? In June, Consumer Reports magazine referred to the site’s privacy controls as “labyrinthian.” In a recent opinion piece on CNN, David Frum, former economic speechwriter for President George W. Bush, said Facebook “takes the view that the information customers necessarily divulge in the course of using Facebook becomes Facebook’s property to use as Facebook sees fit – unless of course the customer affirmatively opts out by ticking the correct boxes in Facebook’s notoriously confusing and repeatedly changing privacy settings.”Facebook Members Set Privacy ControlsFacebook offers the controls; it just hasn’t made them simple. By making the process a pain, Facebook has nurtured the market that McAfee sees and plans to test with the photo app.But the facts show that members can and do wade through the site’s privacy marsh. Consumer Reports found that more than 90% of Americans on Facebook set their privacy controls, or at least know that they can set them. Even young adults, who are assumed to be the most careless when it comes to privacy, pay attention.A 2010 study released by Eszter Hargittal, a professor at Northwestern University, and Danah Boyd, a senior researcher at Microsoft Research, found that more than half of young adults modified their settings four or more times in 2010. “Our data show that far from being nonchalant and unconcerned about privacy matters, the majority of young adult users of Facebook are engaged with managing their privacy settings on the site at least to some extent,” the study stated.Indeed, as awareness of privacy management grows, some on Facebook are taking actions that can’t be meddled with by the site’s managers. The number of people who untagged photos of themselves, deleted comments about themselves and unfriended people rose significantly between 2009 and 2011, according to the Pew Internet and American Life Project.Of course, that kind of reaction can make a social network less valuable.“As people become more private in their public profiles and people are more privacy-conscious, it’s going to be harder for people to discover each other,” Keith Ross, a computer science professor at Polytechnic Institute of New York University told the Huffington Post. Ross conducted a study in New York that found a similar trend.  What Facebook Should DoIf McAfee’s beta app is successful, people will see lots of blurred photos on Facebook. That’s because Social Protection distorts pictures for anyone without permission to view them. Using Social Protection may be too much trouble for most people, though. “I just don’t see mass adoption from the Joe Six Pack Facebook user,” said Rick Holland, analyst for Forrester Research. The ideal situation would be for Facebook to convince people that there are reasonable privacy safeguards already in place, David Jacobs, consumer protection fellow at the Electronic Privacy Information Center, said. That would be much better than having people “devote themselves to the full-time investigation and evaluation of companies’ data practices and the privacy tools available to protect themselves.” Image courtesy of Shutterstock. Related Posts antone gonsalvescenter_img Tags:#Facebook#web The Dos and Don’ts of Brand Awareness Videos A Comprehensive Guide to a Content Auditlast_img read more