NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — What insurance policy holders do in their daily lives may not be so private.

If you’re posting any information publicly online, your insurance company could be using it to determine your coverage, CBS2’s Natalie Duddridge reported Thursday.

Posing in front of a great white shark and dangling your feet out the side of a helicopter — those types of pictures may get you likes on Instagram, but only dislikes from your insurance company, which could consider it dangerous, tech experts say.

“Especially for claims, they look into social media, looking to see if someone’s driving a motorcycle without a helmet or posting pictures drinking and smoking,” said Duarte Pereira, senior VP of FitechGelb.

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Experts say searching your online presence could become a standard practice of the insurance underwriting process that could affect life insurance, car insurance, home insurance, and even pet insurance.

College student David Karnauch took this selfie on an unauthorized section of the Brooklyn Bridge. (Credit: David Karnauch)

For example, posting while driving could label you as a distracted driver and impact your policy renewal. By sharing your family’s vacation online, insurers could claim you put your home at risk to burglars. Even snapping a selfie with your new dog without disclosing the pet could affect your home insurance, CBS2’s Duddridge reported.

“Variables like pets can impact your underwriting, especially certain breeds of pets,” said Sean Kevelighan, CEO of the Insurance Information Institute. “The one thing we encourage the customer to know and to do is to ask questions of their insurer.”

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In January, New York state issued new guidelines to protect consumers and requires insurers to prove when social media data use is justified.

“Nowadays, everybody just post a selfie without knowing what could happen,” resident Alfredo Rodriguez said.

“We need to be careful about what we post to social media, anyway. That’s the reason I don’t use Facebook at all,” Ananya Restogi said.

But tech experts say there may actually be a few things you can do to clean up or reverse your profile.

“Posting things like running a marathon or doing exercise,” Pereira said.

That is, if you’re looking to improve your life insurance coverage, not if you claimed an injury. But most importantly, insurers say always be honest with your providers.

Insurers say, especially if you filed an injury claim, no pictures should be popping up of you parasailing or skydiving.

Comments (10)
  1. Paul Russell says:

    My Mama always said “Stupid is as stupid does.”

  2. Big Mama says:

    Insurance companies dont want to insure ,racists,bigots,homo phobes ,gun owners ,MAGA hat wearers..NRA members,Christians,right wingers,Republicans,White nationalists ,White supremacists,straight people etc..other than that dont be concerned

    1. Jane Ricci says:

      You are a moron.

    2. Homophobe is one word… moron.

  3. We outsource a social media vetting solution for every job applicant. It helps eliminate 34% of all job applicants. The service we use provides a score of 1 to 10, 6 and below is an immediate elimination. Works great!

  4. Hal Slusher says:

    Simple dont post anything

  5. Paul Roberts says:

    So which will take preference for the insurance company? 825 Credit rating or Riding a Motorcycle with no helmet? (Where legal to do so) The Fact Insurance rates ate tied to credit is disgusting. So the insurance company can do anything they want …right?

  6. If you live in a state that has legalized marijuana expect an increase in your automobile insurance. Turns out dopers are terrible drivers, have frequent accidents and don’t pay attention when driving while stoned.

  7. You mean like if youre a moron and post yourself drinking in a bar every day?

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