Privacy is an issue that has become a major concern for people. For me there are three main issues when talking about privacy, each of which will be discuss further in later paragraphs: 1. The information that I put online 2. The information that others choose to put online about me 3. What happens to my information when either policy changes happen or someone circumvents them. In the following paragraphs I will briefly talk about each of these areas.
The information that I put online
I admit I like having an online presence. I am continually learning how to cultivate this presence and brand myself as a professional as well as the opportunity to make social connections. That being said, there are aspects of my life I don’t wish to share in the online realm. For me I feel it is important to have some aspects of life offline. As an example, I enjoy my friends and my time with them. However, I see no need to take the pictures that I take of them and upload them all in an open realm. For me there is a line, I will put pictures up of interesting events or places I go with people but I will not put pictures up of absolutely everything or everywhere I go. There must be a line between sharing pictures of events that people will genuinely find interesting and uploading pictures of the mundane.
The information others put up about me
I have some fantastic friends who treat each other with respect. They understand my position that I don’t want every single photo taken of me up online. I return the favor by not uploading pictures of them that would cause them difficulty or embarrassment. However, not all of my friends abide by this rule. I will sometimes scroll through the photos that I’m tagged in on Facebook and will remove the tags. If the pictures make me uncomfortable then I will ask them to take it down. I will also occasionally Google myself to see what comes up. So far nothing of interest does.
What happens to my information when either policy changes happens or someone circumvents them
People also use the Internet to do other things and the issues of hacks are of concern. Recently there have been hacks involving popular game sites like Valve, and the Playstation Network. As people move more towards putting more and more information like credit cards and passwords people need to ensure that they take the some steps to reduce the risk of their information being misused.
Privacy is a major concern. However, each person must take the time to ensure that their digital footprint is one that they one are proud of. I remember a few months ago several people started e-mailing me asking me to hover over their name, click on it and do some other things. I received this message so many times that I finally snapped and responded (see image above. Most people seemed to agree. Remember, if you’re not controlling what is out there then who is?
Photography and the Law by Byflickr found on Flickr, used under Creative Commons License
Grade 9 Graduation uploaded by Amber Krauskopf, used with permission
Facebook Rant screen capture from Brendan Lea’s Facebook profile (personal image)
Why is the PSN down? Hacked? – Playstation Networked Maintenance Error 80710a06 (Sony) uploaded to Youtube by Al-Ai