Facebook Privacy

Theres a really insightful flash animation here about what might happen to personal information you post on Facebook. Of course, it is very scary to think about some of the things that Facebook could do with all your information. It turns into a bit of a conspiracy movie in the middle talking about how the US government uses personal information you give to Facebook.
But then people have been saying the same thing about Google for many years; isn’t this an issue with all personalized internet services rather than Facebook in general?

In many ways, in the western world we still have a lot more privacy on the internet than in places like China, where for example you must sign on with your real name and identity.

But still with the internet, anything that you write or post may be archived in servers and hard drives all across the world; every word could come back to haunt you at a later date. Is this just something we should accept as users of the internet? Is it possible to maintain your privacy whilst still benefiting fully from the internet?

I’ve been told by so many people that I should avoid social networking sites. Yet being part of these social networking sites is something that all young people do – it is essential part of having a social life and invaluable tool for keeping in touch with your friends. I suppose that is the dilemma.

2 thoughts on “Facebook Privacy

  1. It’s all a matter of what you post about yourself, including photos and what your friends post about yourself it seems. I used to be able to search for my name and find some rather odd posts I had made and what myspace contained about me. I’ve come to the realisation that employers especially in the tech industry will probably be ‘googling’ potential employees to see if they have blogs and see what they’ve been writing about; who wants an employee who has an opinionated blog and could potential be a PR disaster for them?

    I think that if you are want to keep a profile on myspace then make it only friend accessible, make sure the content would be the stuff you’d want family to see and if you want to share drunken photos then tinypic and msn will do the job just fine.

  2. can we really blame facebook for this tho? isnt it the users fault for posting this info. I did some research into this (on my site http://www.digiwebbs.com) and a result was that a minority of people were very concerned about their privacy online that most users are aware of the privacy risks, but are not concerned…which is quite shocking!

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