Privacy law refers to the laws that deal with the regulation of personal information about individuals, which can be collected by governments and other public as well as private organizations and its storage and use. The Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPPA) of 1996 established national standards to protect individuals’ medical records and other personal health information and applies to health plans, health care clearinghouses, and those health care providers that conduct certain health care transactions electronically. There are other privacy laws such as the Financial Services Modernization Act (GLB), the Final Rule on Privacy of Consumer Financial Information, the Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA), the Fair Debt Collection Practices Act (FDCPA), and the Driver’s Privacy Protection Act (DPPA). All of these privacy laws seem to go out of the window for Rappers and other celebrities in the public eye. Since Kanye West has left the hospital there have been two “sightings” of the Chicago emcee. His first appearance was at Rick Owens’ “Furniture” exhibit at the Museum of Contemporary Art in Los Angeles and again hanging out with friends on a bike ride.
What I have learned from social media is that if you don’t want to be seen you won’t be seen and if you want to be seen there are things you can do to make sure the paparazzi photograph you. However at the same time humans can be jerks and undermine others hoping to gain something from their actions. Take those statements however you want to but privacy for a celebrity during times of duress is like walking on egg shells. We need to give Kanye more privacy during his time of recovery. Just because he’s out of the hospital doesn’t mean he is “cured” it simply means that the medical staff deemed him stable enough to be discharged and go home. That doesn’t mean he doesn’t have a chance of going back to the hospital. Therefore any one thing might land him back in the hospital. It could be the simple flash from a camera, pressure to release music, being on tour, or negative commentary from media outlets. Remember all the negative words people had for Kanye when it was learned he went to the hospital? The negativity was overwhelming and this came from the same people that championed for The Life of Pablo!
Just because he trolled the country by saying he would’ve voted for Trump doesn’t mean we immediately forget that this man created College Dropout. This man is still Hip Hop and we can’t show him any respect? Respect for his privacy during this rough time in his life. Rap fans did the same thing when his mom died. How long do you think it’d take you to mourn the loss of your mother? We begged and trolled him until we got 808’s and Heartbreaks and then threw it back in his face because we didn’t like it! So you heard he was working on new music in the hospital, does that mean we should pressure him to release new music given the current mind state he’s in? Now the media is pushing the divorce story and I’m almost certain those “stories” have been waiting in the wings since the two started dating. A lot of media headlines are written years in advance in the hopes that the story will eventually come true. Nobody really cares about Kanye but Kanye clearly cares about us. With all that he is going through he made it a point to not disappoint fans and stepped out at an art exhibit. Just one snapshot to let my fans know that I’m doing okay but all the headlines are about his hair color. Come on son, we have to do better. We can’t keep treating people like this. It is unhealthy for us and them. We shouldn’t be listening to 911 calls which is something I think should not be accessible to the public or media entities and should be covered under HIPPA. If we don’t pull back on demanding that Rappers and celebrities share every moment of their lives for us to live vicariously through them, eventually, neither of us will be living our own lives.