Sunday, March 29, 2009

Online Privacy

An online dictionary defines privacy as “the state of being free from intrusion or disturbance in one's private life or affairs”
When you find spam email in your inbox, google your name to find information about yourself which you had no idea was out there, or realize that a social network owns your profile and pictures of your life; then the right to privacy online is a mockery. In reality, using and posting on the web is not about having privacy; it is about making the right choices and learning how to use this system. Evidently we all deserve the right to privacy online; realistically speaking it does not happen.
So what are our options? First, we have to continuously demand this right. For example, as consumers we cannot allow social networks such as facebook to use our lives to their best interest. Then, on the day to day, we need to continuously learn how to use the web efficiently and make proper decisions about what we want to be published for the world to see. Most importantly, parents and schools need to talk about the consequences of poor judgment of online use. So, we have a choice now: limit and control the use of the web or learn to use a tool which when used properly it could open many doors.

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