An Ohio woman who underwent treatment for syphilis at a Cincinnati hospital is suing for $25,000 after employees at the hospital allegedly posted her medical records to a Facebook page called “Team No Hoes.” The woman claims that three employees posted screenshots of her records to the page in September of last year, and that one of the employees who posted it was her ex-boyfriend.
The woman says that she has received taunts online resulting from the post in the members-only group, and even phone calls to her home. Her lawsuit blames the hospital for not doing enough to monitor its employees, and even alleges that one of the three employees named in the suit still possesses her medical records.
“She was absolutely devastated. That is the most private of private medical information that was posted on Facebook and went out to a group on Facebook that had a huge dissemination,” her attorney said. “To have that kind of information in the public domain when it is clearly legally to be protected, that’s a problem and that’s a problem that UC’s responsible for.”
One of Facebook’s biggest benefits is its ability to quickly spread information. However, when the information in question violates someone’s privacy, it can also be the site’s biggest drawback.