From the Washington Post:
- The Social Security Administration (SSA) may start screening your Facebook and Instagram posts to evaluate your disability claim
- Currently, the federal agency uses them to investigate fraud cases, but it’s planning to expand that usage
- Social media is considered a poor measure of a person’s life, so the practice raises data privacy questions
Be careful what you post online. The Social Security Administration may start screening your Facebook and Instagram posts to evaluate your disability claim. At the moment, the SSA’s disability investigations units and the Office of the Inspector General use social media posts to flag fraudulent activity. However, in the 2020 budget proposal released earlier, the SSA said it’s planning to expand that usage to review and evaluate applicants for disability benefits.