Online privacy concerns have generated a lot of buzz in the media lately. Tracking cookies, privacy abuses on Facebook and Pinterest, location-based services that give away more than web users would like to share with their peers – all have made headlines and raised the issue of stricter online privacy regulation.
"FB Friends: PLEASE READ THE FOLLOWING TO KEEP YOUR CONNECTIONS PRIVATE.
We’re all familiar with the social networking sites Facebook, Twitter, Linkedin, Google +, and Foursquare, and probably spend more time on them than we’d care to admit. Many take great pride in curating their online persona through their profiles - apparently it’s even not unheard of to have your profile pictures Photoshopped!
Every social media interaction and every piece of information about yourself in the online world – likes, tweets, +1s, comments, blog posts, a photo tag or video of yourself shared on social media – can influence people’s perception about you. Yes, your online reputation precedes you. It’s at anyone’s mercy (especially yours!), and it can have negative consequences for you in the real world.
A pretty blunt question! But one we all want the answer to. Let’s start with the basics. Here’s what the Facebook folks state in their Legal Terms:
“You own all of the content and information you post on Facebook, and you can control how it is shared through your privacy and application settings...