Insurers Vow To Save Your E-Reputation - But At What Price?

A new insurance product promises to protect families against damages to their e-reputation, a new but important concept in this era of fading privacy. But one writer wonders if this isn't all just a scare-mongering way to make new business.

Internet spells danger, warn the insurers (Franco Bouly)
Internet spells danger, warn the insurers (Franco Bouly)


First it was Swiss Life, now AXA has joined the party. Insurers have started selling e-reputation insurance products to protect your family's image on the internet. Called "Protection Famille Intégr@le", AXA's new product will protect you against identity theft, credit-card fraud, harm to your online reputation and e-commerce disputes. Both insurers use a dedicated e-reputation agency called the "Reputation Squad", which will remove all problematic content, while providing psychological support and dealing with legal and administrative issues.

E-reputation has gone from "buzzword" to mainstream in just a few months. AXA and Swiss Life are playing on the anxiety and stress linked to the internet and social networks: the internet is rife with debauchery as well as all kinds of fraud and attacks on your moral - and of course financial - integrity.

Indeed, the internet, that place where hackers, pirates and intellectual property thieves roam freely, is also a place where your family can be attacked. Internet = danger: this is the message that the insurers want to get across to their clients.

In this hostile jungle, parents need to protect their children from the big bad wolves armed with smartphones and Photoshop, who won't bat an eyelid as they publish inappropriate photos of our children. Luckily for them, AXA and Swiss Life, and surely many others to come are here to remind you of the dangers! Even if they're just slightly exaggerated.

*Newsbites are digest items, not direct translations.

Read the full article in Le Nouvel Observateur in French

Photo - Franco Bouly

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A Mother In Spain Denied Child Custody Because She Lives In Rural Area

A court in Spain usurps custody of the one-year-old boy living with his mother in the "deep" part of the Galicia region, forced to instead live with his father in the southern city of Marbella, which the judge says is "cosmopolitan" with good schools and medical care. Women's rights groups have taken up the mother's case.

A child in Galician countryside

Laure Gautherin

A Spanish court has ordered the withdrawal of a mother's custody of her one-year-old boy because she is living in the countryside in northwestern Spain, where the judge says the child won't have "opportunities for the proper development of his personality."

The case, reported Monday in La Voz de Galicia, has sparked outrage from a women's rights association but has also set off reactions from politicians of different stripes across the province of Galicia, defending the values of rural life.

Judge María Belén Ureña Carazo, of the family court of Marbella, a city on the southern coast of 141,000 people, has ordered the toddler to stay with father who lives in the city rather than with his mother because she was living in "deep Galicia" where the child would lack opportunities to "grow up in a happy environment."

Front page of La Voz de Galicia - October 25, 2021

Front page of La Voz de Galicia - Monday 25 October, 2021

La Voz de Galicia

Better in a "cosmopolitan" city?

The judge said Marbella, where the father lives, was a "cosmopolitan city" with "a good hospital" as well as "all kinds of schools" and thus provided a better environment for the child to thrive.

The mother has submitted a formal complaint to the General Council of the Judiciary that the family court magistrate had acted with "absolute contempt," her lawyer told La Voz de Galicia.

The mother quickly accumulated support from local politicians and civic organizations. The Clara Campoamor association described the judge's arguments as offensive, intolerable and typical of "an ignorant person who has not traveled much."

The Xunta de Galicia, the regional government, has addressed the case, saying that any place in Galicia meets the conditions to educate a minor. The Socialist party politician Pablo Arangüena tweeted that "it would not hurt part of the judiciary to spend a summer in Galicia."

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