Social sites and your privacy

A good video on privacy and social sites created for the Canadian government:

(originally sourced from What you need to know about your privacy and social networks” by Gavin Heaton Servant of Chaos)

and for some extra splash of paranoia this one:

(sourced from “Does what happens in Face Book stay in Face Book?” in Get Shouty blog by Katie Chatfield)

People be warned!

There is no such thing as a public and public virtual self anymore!
Be careful what you post! Your data once shared is never destroyed.

Before you post something to the web perhaps you should consider whether you really want a potential employer seeing those snaps from last weekend?! Do u want your information and contact details sold to marketers?

Face Books new advertising initiative Beacon rings similar alarm bells. (Read more about it on Read Write Web)

“participating partner sites would give buyers the option of sending purchase information to their Facebook news feed (i.e., “Username bought a product at Partner Site”). Third party sites don’t receive any monetary compensation for participation in Beacon, but in return they get free advertising in the Facebook news feed. On their end, Facebook gets highly valuable user data, which they can use to better target ads, and they get increased brand awareness (on those retailer web sites).”

I am not a Gen Y-er so perhaps I care about my privacy.

(Read more about Gen Y and their attitudes to privacy here)

This is the reality that this technology may yield.

Can we trust anyone with our information and identities?


from Gaping Void

stay safe.
big brother is watching you

A Late addition: Just found a post : “EU Calls for Closer Look at Privacy and Social Networks” –

“In a 32-page report, “Security Issues and Recommendations for Online Social Networks,” the EU’s European Network and Information Security Agency highlighted a number of potential privacy pitfalls for users of social networking sites.

Information in users’ social networking profiles can be “a dangerously powerful tool in the hands of spammers, unscrupulous marketers and others who may take criminal advantage of users,” the study warns. “New technologies … combined with the false sense of intimacy often cared by SNSs [social networking sites], can lead to a serious erosion of personal and even physical privacy,” the report continues.”



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