We want privacy, yet we expose private details of our lives online for a broad audience to see. When you post something, you leave a digital footprint that is owned by the site. Facebook has been receiving much bad press because some users fear how their data might be used. Privacy policies and TOS are constantly being changed. Advocates of online privacy have different agendas. Consumers put pressure on websites to protect our information, but at the same time, the government wants access to this vast amount of information for investigations and terrorism research.

Consider this:

  1. There are different privacy laws in every country.
  2. Check TOS and privacy laws on each website. They may allow backdoors access.
  3. Privacy Settings: It’s important to understand privacy laws and settings for major social networks to understand limitations and potentially work around
    them. Users can select their own privacy settings, and there are few ways to get around them.

It is important to remember:

  • Facebook profiles provide phone numbers and e-mail addresses.
  • Photos provide a history and timeline.
  • Status updates offer current whereabouts.
  • Privacy Settings: Profile can be viewable by no one.


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