It’s hard to believe there was a time when if you wanted to contact even a semi-notable figure, you could just call information or pick up a phone book and you would find them. These days, however, thanks in part to the increasing abundance of 24 hour news cycles that need to be filled and an increase in media outlets overall, privacy is becoming an increasingly rare commodity. No longer is it simply a phone number or address that is publicly available, but an ever increasing amount of personal information is being publicly posted on the internet, often by people that should not have access to that information in the first place.

But one man feels that privacy is still a right that people should expect to have, and therefore crusades on behalf of businesses and citizens to protect this valuable freedom.
Sometimes referred to as a real life Olivia Pope, Status Labs founder and president Darius Fisher works with and counsels people on ways in which to not only protect their privacy, but also their online image and reputation. Unlike the days when notable businesses and individuals just had to ride out media storms until something more newsworthy came along, information on the internet stays readily available until someone actively does something to change it.

Recently, Fisher was recognized by PRWeek as one of their Innovative 50, in part because of his swift and generous action in the wake of the Ashley Madison scandal. As soon as news of the leak broke, Fisher sprung into action, offering up the services of his expert teams of public relations, social media, SEO experts, and crisis consultants free of charge to victims. In the wake of the hack, Status Labs was able to assist victims ranging from corporate executives to government employees, university deans, and small business owners. Fisher offered the services of his teams because he believes that no one’s life should be ruined by a single mistake.

While the majority of Status Labs clients are notable figures with high visibility, Fisher advises even the most average person to at least be aware of what is posted about themselves online. He recommends that people Google themselves just to be aware of what’s out there, as well as to take steps to remove any personal data online and make sure that all social media accounts are set to private. Even then, Fisher recommends never posting anything online that you are not 100% comfortable being made public. He says to never assume anything you post online will ever remain private.