Yes, big tech is trespassing into areas traditionally highly regulated but does not comply with any of those safeguards.
Though the program may be well intentioned, there are many associated risks, which I describe in an upcoming article in the Yale Journal of Law and Technology. Some of those risks include high false positive rates leading to unnecessary hospitalization and forced medication, potentially violent confrontations with police, warrantless searches of one’s home, and stigmatization and discrimination against people labeled high risk for suicide.
Facebook and other social media platforms have been described as the new governors. They influence speech, the democratic process, and social norms. All the while, they are quietly becoming the new health regulators. Creating, testing, and implementing health technologies with no outside oversight or accountability. For everyone’s safety, state and federal regulators should take notice.
Just another indication that the Brave New World may not be a very nice place...