Okay not really. How about this scenario: you are out and about, Meerkating or Periscoping your day at the zoo. You are in public, but…are you aware of your surroundings, strangers you are filming, copyrighted material on a sign, or an employee’s badge information?
In most public places, privacy laws typically don’t protect people. If a company uses a live stream app in a public setting for a commercial purpose, and does not obtain consent from people captured during the broadcast, those people would be within their rights to sue the company.
So, let’s take our scenario a step further. You are a solo-preneur and posting this on your business’ Twitter account. We are all encouraged to show not only work on our accounts, but our human side as well, so you bite the bullet and show your ‘day out’. Is your business now liable for the images you streamed?
I am not a lawyer, nor a public policy maker. I’m just a social media user who reads an article, extrapolates what she’s read in to a thousand new scenarios and questions. I will think twice before Scoping or Katting on the brand channel, though.