Social Security Disability Claimants Now Use the Web Worry-Free

Internet privacy is always a hot topic, from Facebook’s controversial privacy policy and setting changes, to federal regulation proposals, everyone is affected by personal, professional and private information about our lives that’s available online. Internet privacy is an especially sensitive subject for Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) claimants.


The Social Security Administration (SSA) states that judges are no longer allowed to use the Internet, including social media sites like Facebook, for information that will affect their decisions in SSDI cases. Fraud is still fraud though and private investigators, fraud and insurance companies still have free reign in using images, status updates and other information made available on the web.


Although no reason has been given, it seems officials operate under the philosophy that everyone needs to be reminded to focus on their own jobs: Judges should make their decision based on the information provided to them, and fraud investigators should do their due diligence in researching disability claims.


Information on the web can still be presented to a judge in a Social Security Disability case, the officials are just mandating that the judges themselves refrain from searching the web about the allegedly disabled individuals seeking SSDI payments. If you’re concerned about how the Internet will affect your SSDI case, schedule a complimentary meeting with Brent Adams and Associates.

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