Privacy

?? - posted on 12/16/2009 ( 18 moms have responded )

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When you're on the internet do you have an 'expectation of privacy'? If you join a 'closed' group or 'private' group on a website like COM (I know there are many members here who are a part of closed groups and some that are a part of private groups) do you have a general expectation of privacy that what you will say there will be kept amongst you and the other members? Or do you figure that because it's the internet any expectation of privacy is misguided?



Or your email, do you have an expectation of privacy with your email? Or your Private Messages? Or your FB, even with all of the privacy settings that you have control over - ultimately - do you think that because it's on the internet, is it fair game?



What are your thoughts on your expectation of privacy online?

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Betsy - posted on 12/17/2009

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My 19 yr old just did his college research paper on this subject. I think it's just a whole different world with the internet. What concerns me most is kids/young adults on the interent, and I think they should be taught there is no privacy, with safety concerns and with some of the stupid things they post that may come back, such as pictures, 10 yrs later, when parents or seeking employment.



As for email, I think there should be a level of privacy, but I wouldn't count on it. When people on boards have issues and post personal emails they sent back and forth, that drives me nuts. It's classless and juvenile.

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Jodi - posted on 12/20/2009

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In that case, I'll make sure I approve them sharing my information....... LMFAO!!!

?? - posted on 12/20/2009

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well that's stupid lol I dunno why you don't get it - maybe they stopped doin it after a couple days and figured everyone had seen it. Orrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrr maybe FB is selling our pictures to internet porn companies so they can paste our faces on porno stars bodies !!!!!!!!!!!!!!! :o lmao

Jodi - posted on 12/19/2009

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Quoting Jo:

No that pop up comes up when you go to Settings >> Privacy Settings >> Search -- that pop up comes up there :) it does for me anyways lol



Thaks Jo.  I just checked, and I don't get that pop up, so not sure why. Oh well!

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FB is just one example of the millions of web pages and sites on the net. How many of us take the time to read every privacy clause before we input our email address? And beyond that there is always the chance that a site will get hacked and data will be stolen. Hackers may not care about pictures of your Aunt Susie but they'll enjoy the credit card number. So, general rule. . if you don't want the world to know it. . don't put it on the screen. Not always because your data will be shared within guidelines of the privacy clause, but because your data can be stolen.

?? - posted on 12/19/2009

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No that pop up comes up when you go to Settings >> Privacy Settings >> Search -- that pop up comes up there :) it does for me anyways lol

Jodi - posted on 12/19/2009

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Quoting Jo:

And this is the pop up you get right now:



Important Privacy Announcement
Worried about search engines? Your information is safe.
There have been misleading rumors recently about Facebook indexing all your information on Google. This is not true. Facebook created public search listings in 2007 to enable people to search for your name and see a link to your Facebook profile. They will still only see a basic set of information.





Jo, I haven't seen this pop up - is it supposed to come up on our status?



I have no idea on this shit - I must be getting old or something......

?? - posted on 12/18/2009

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This is what I was/am referring too;





The status':

Facebook will automatically index all your info on Google, which allows everyone to view it. To change this option, go to Settings --> Privacy Settings --> Search --> then UN-CLICK the box that says 'Allow indexing'. Facebook kept this one quiet. Copy and paste onto your status for all your friends ASAP.




And this is the pop up you get right now:



Important Privacy Announcement

Worried about search engines? Your information is safe.

There have been misleading rumors recently about Facebook indexing all your information on Google. This is not true. Facebook created public search listings in 2007 to enable people to search for your name and see a link to your Facebook profile. They will still only see a basic set of information.




And this is the "indexing" that the status was referring too, telling you to disallow:



Public Search Results

This setting only allows search engines to access your publicly available information and any information you set to Everyone. This does not include anything you've shared with just your friends or friends of friends (see preview).

?? - posted on 12/18/2009

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Yea, using the EVERYONE setting, if you're not an idiot and don't want your shit googled, then you'll change it from the everyone setting - I figured that was obvious.



I was referring to the recent outbreak of status' saying -- CHANGE YOUR SHIT OR EVERYTHING IN YOUR PROFILE WILL BE INDEXED FOR GOOGLE

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Straight from FB policy page: When you publish content or information using the "everyone" setting, it means that everyone, including people off of Facebook, will have access to that information and we may not have control over what they do with it.

?? - posted on 12/18/2009

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Anything you put on the net may possibly be Googled (check out Facebooks new privacy guidelines).



That's actually been noted as completely bogus :)

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There's no expectation of privacy online. I would like to believe so but I think it's naive. Anything you put on the net may possibly be Googled (check out Facebooks new privacy guidelines). I've googled myself and have been very amazed at, what I thought was private to a website, was showing up. Beyond that, if you put it out there, anyone can forward it on. . and then it's out of your hands. . . .

Mary - posted on 12/17/2009

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While I would like to believe that privacy can exist on the internet, there are daily reminders that it does not. Repeated news stories about identity theft, "private" photos/videos that suddenly become tabloid fodder, and this most recent debacle her on CoM where "private" conversations got posted all over the site...numerous examples of information/communications that were never meant to be shared.

Growing up, my parents warned me repeatedly to be very careful of what I put in writing, as it could someday come back to bite me in the ass. At the time, I thought they were just overly cautious and paranoid. Now, I see the wisdom of their advice. If you're smart, you'll be very careful about any photo or comment posted, or any email sent...and be sure that it's not something that could be a source of embarassment, hurt,or judgement used against you or someone you love. A sad commentary on the world as we know it, but true

Krista - posted on 12/17/2009

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I don't think it's at all unreasonable to expect that private messages will remain just that...private. However, I think we should always remain aware that sometimes that which is private gets made public. It's not right, and it's not fair, but I've seen it happen too many times to be complacent and think that it won't ever happen to me.

JL - posted on 12/17/2009

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While I may not expect some high level of privacy I do expect that consequences be dealt out when people break the rules especially when done through such vulgar, petty and false ways.

Jackie - posted on 12/17/2009

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The internet is just like a secret. Its only a secret if you are the ONLY one who knows. I think once you hit enter/send you give up all rights to privacy and shouldn't expect it. As I tell all the little teenagers/pre teens I know. The internet is forever and you will regret that status/comment one day. My bff is right now using MSN messages between her and her hubbys ex against her in court over custody of the kids. You should always think before you send it because you might as well be shouting it off the roof tops when it comes to the internet.

Johnny - posted on 12/16/2009

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Perhaps there is an expectation of privacy from the "public" but I don't think that applies to site administrators etc. For example, on COM, participants in private or closed groups should have an expectation of privacy from other members of COM who are not members of those groups. However, I think it can not be assumed that the people that run and administer COM will not have access to what is written on those pages. It is reprehensible for a member of a closed group to share information from that setting outside the group.



I do also expect privacy in my e-mail, because it is simply the modern day equivalent of regular mail. I realize that my internet provider may have access to the contents of those messages, but I would like to trust that they treat that access the same as the postal service does to my personal letters. But then again, I'm naive, LOL.

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