Sunday, April 18, 2010

Privacy & Confidentiality

There are definitely privacy issues with new media. Social networking sites might be the ones that are most subjected to this. For instance, people upload a vast amount of information on facebook, including one's birthday, occupation, address, and phone number. Not to mention the loads of pictures people post on their page. If you've ever tried it, it's quite easy to check out a strangers facebook page with just clicks of the mouse. The reason for this is because people either don't know or don't touch their privacy settings.

Users do receive a notification about changing their privacy setting from facebook, but this usually goes ignored. I believe the reason for this is because there isn't much emphasis on the notifications, it's just a small pop up text, where you can easily ignore it. I don't know the actual numbers but identity theft and scams must be at an all time high because of these privacy issues. Although new media makes life easier, it also makes negative things easier as well.


  1. we need to keep the negative things in check

  2. Yes i agree with you, social networking might be the most subjected to this because everyone uses or have social networking these days and posts all kind of information. And also how privacy settings are being ignored.

  3. Social networking is probably the biggest topic when it comes to privacy. Everyone's on it, and everyone has access to it. But lets face it, its also up to us to control the content that goes on these sites. If people find something embarrassing about you, chances are, you gave them that opportunity.

  4. Here is the link for the site that has the ratings regarding security and privacy:

    The website is and the title of the article is "What the Fine Print at Popular Web Sites Really Says."