For a cyber place with an associated computer mediated group to be labeled
as a virtual settlement it is necessary for it to meet a minimum set of conditions. These are: 1 a minimum level of interactivity; 2 a variety of communicators; 3 a minimum level of sustained membership; and 4 a virtual common public space where a significant portion of interactive computer mediated groups occur Weinreich, 1997. The notion of interactivity will be shown to be central to virtual settlements. Further, it will be shown that virtual settlements can be defined as a cyber place that is symbolically
delineated by topic of interest and within which a significant proportion of interrelated interactive computer…… " Harman, Flite, and ond, 2012 the key to the preservation of confidentiality is "making sure that only authorized individuals have access to that information. The process of controlling access limiting who can see what begins with authorizing users. " Harman, Flite, and ond, 2012 Employers are held accountable under the HIPAA Privacy and Security Rules for their employee's actions.