Nathalie Blanchard seems to have had one “friend” too many on her Facebook page. The Quebec woman is on long-term sick leave but posted pictures of herself on the beach and enjoying a show with the Chippendales. One of the viewers was the insurance company paying for her total disability due to depression from her job at IBM.
Blanchard is now fighting to get her benefits back, insisting that she told the company about her vacation. She also notes that she does not know how an insurance representative became an approved friend on the website.
The insurance company admitted that it uses Facebook for such investigations. However, the company insisted that “we would not deny or terminate a valid claim solely based on information published on websites such as Facebook.”
The intrusion into a closed site raises an issue of privacy but that does not necessarily prevent the use of this information. However, it is unclear why a person is clearly not depressed if she posted a couple pictures in better moments. Depression often has highs and lows.
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