The ubiquity of social media in our lives continues:
The NHS and social networking site Facebook have joined forces in an attempt to increase the number of organs being donated.
People will be able to register as an organ donor through the website and share their intentions with family and friends.
Three people die every day while waiting for a transplant, NHS says.
NHS Blood and Transplant said the partnership was an "exciting new way" to encourage donation.
Around 10,000 people in the UK are on the waiting list for an organ.
We leave it to others to comment on the propriety of conveying ever more private information on social media networks. We simply want to remind American readers of a few important points:
- The program is a U.K. initiative, not a U.S. program.
- As such, any indications on social media, such as organ donor status, funeral wishes or disposition of one's estate, not only wouldn't be enforceable in the U.S., but might not even be considered by a U.S. court.
- A declaration via social media would never supersede or revoke a conventional method of designation, such as a will or power of attorney.
Posting your organ donor status can certainly catalyze a dialog about this important topic, and might prove helpful to whoever would have to make the decision should the situation arise. But a click on Facebook is simply not a substitute for a conventional, unambiguous, legally enforceable directive regarding your final wishes.
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