Posts Tagged ‘ privacy ’

My Personal Paparazzi

I used to have a mantra about what I posted on the Internet: “I don’t post anything that I would not want the whole world to see.” A picture of me at the East Side Gallery in Berlin is in the wild where anyone can see it. This is fine with me, because I chose to share it. Unfortunately, in the past year my privacy motto has fallen a bit flat as changes to the ways Internet users share information have occured. These changes caused me to leave Facebook and join Twitter even though the later has less privacy controls.

Facebook has settings to help you protect what you post about about yourself. Although it is sometimes convoluted Facebook provides granular control over who can read your posts. For the most part Twitter does not allow for this level of control, and that is fine with me as anything I post online I could care less who reads it.

So what is the problem with Facebook then? I really have no issue with having the ability to share with Facebook that I am at my local coffee shop. However, I do take issue with the idea that someone else at the coffee shop could check me in. Of course Facebook Places does give some control over who can check you into your location, but what happens when a total stranger snaps a picture at the coffee shop with you in the background. This hypothetical stranger could with the best of intentions post that photo on their Facebook account. Now, perhaps you have a mutual friend with this stranger, and upon seeing you in the background of the photo “tags” you. Now, a stranger was able to publicly share your location without ever even meeting you. Continue reading