Something I came across today on mashable about Facebook and their new privacy settings seemed a good add on to my earlier post ‘P-R-I-V-A-C-E-E’. I’m on the fence about the privacy issue, sort of. But, while there are 6,453 settings already within FB, why not just give people all the options they want for privacy. It seems to me that not being able to hide some of your actions on your wall will only A) force people to work while at work, B) force people to be a lot less friendly (I wish Facebook were actually called ‘Friendster’. It’s too bad the name was already in use) and accept less friend requests to keep their privacy C) Chase away those hold outs who you’ve been trying to convince to join for the last two years. The gap between ‘those who will join one day’ and ‘those who will NEVER, not until hell freezes over’ grows wider when they hear you talking about the last scrap you got into with a friend or at work over something you posted on FB that you thought they couldn’t see.
As for me? Meh. But I purposefully chose the image for this post because I guess you could say that FB is staying true to their slogan. Talk about being ambivalent, eh?
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It’s a word I have dismissed from my vocabulary (and now, apparently, my spelling as well). It’s a subject that crops up every once in a while. This past week I caught a FB status update of a friend of mine. She mentioned that she’s getting ready to read the Privacy Act, she actually followed ‘Privacy Act’ with ’2001′, which is good because I was thinking ‘Isn’t that a Tom Clancy book’? The comments following her post quickly cleared up that silliness (I’m quite the spy/action book reader, truth be told) and I moved on. Almost within the same surfing breath, I came across an interesting piece on expectation of privacy.
The post quotes and comments on Google, Google’s CEO Eric Schmidt’s ideas and beliefs on privacy, and FB. There’s some pretty interesting stuff in there. For me, I’m not so young that I don’t recall a life pre-internet and ‘letting my stuff all hang out’ (virtually speaking), but I’m not so old that I freak out every time I happen to search something on Google or order something online. There is something Eric Schmidt says that speaks to people like me: ‘”If you have something that you don’t want anyone to know, maybe you shouldn’t be doing it in the first place”…I don’t have any secrets. By design really. Well, not many of them. Of course, this comes from a girl who thought about doing a one woman comedy show on her love life. So I might not fall within the privacy-concerned median. Of course, there is something else he says, directly following that sends just a little shiver up my occasional-downloaded-pirated-movie self: “But if you really need that kind of privacy, the reality is that search engines, including Google, do retain this information for some time. And it’s important, for example, that we are all subject in the United States to the Patriot Act. It is possible that that information could be made available to the authorities.”
It’s an interesting read. Thought provoking?
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