When is it OK to ask for help in smart phones?
Smartphones are becoming more common, but the question of what to do when someone asks you for help or asks you to do something for them is not as simple as it once was.
There are various types of smart phones, and each is different, but many people believe that asking someone to help them with a problem or to do things for them or something like that is perfectly acceptable.
The new guidelines released by the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) on Tuesday clarify that asking for help for a smart phone issue, or asking someone else to do the same thing, is not a violation of federal law.
The guidelines do not mention the need to be respectful to others.
Instead, they focus on the “reasonable expectation of privacy” of the person asking the question and the “privacy expectation” of others, including a “reasonable belief” that someone else would be able to assist them with the problem.
“When a person asks someone to assist a person with a smartphone issue, the reasonable expectation of Privacy and Protection of Privacy applies.
The Privacy and Privacy expectation is the person’s expectation of how the information will be used and the way it will be shared,” the guidelines say.
It goes on to clarify that the person must have the “informed consent” of a person who asked them to do it, or else they risk violating the privacy law.
For example, someone who asks for help with a smart TV could be charged with breaking the privacy laws.
Similarly, someone asking for assistance for a Smart Phone can be charged as an act of stalking.
The guidance goes on, “If the person does not have an informed consent from the person who asks, or does not give an informed answer, or otherwise does not reasonably believe that the other person will be able or willing to help, then it is not appropriate to assist or share the information, and that information should not be shared.”
The FDA says that asking or sharing personal information can also be considered stalking, as the person doing the asking has a “clear and present fear of imminent or actual bodily harm,” and it is “reasonably foreseeable” that the victim of a crime or the victim’s family will be in the same situation.
The FDA’s guidance goes further, saying that asking to help with smartphones “does not mean that the device or its owner has engaged in intentional conduct that would give rise to a violation.”
It goes into more detail on what constitutes an “intentional” and “reasonable” expectation of the phone owner.
The agency does, however, say that if a person wants to make a phone request, they need to have an actual, documented, and “objective” fear of death or serious bodily injury.
For people who have no idea what is going on, asking someone for help might seem like a reasonable thing to do.
But if someone has been stalking you or has been making unwanted phone calls or texts, asking for permission to use their phone may seem like it would be a breach of privacy, even if they have no intent of hurting you.