Jul 21 2009

We Have No More Privacy Anymore. Get Used To It

Published by at 8:02 am under BlogRant,social media,tech trends,TechView

Tasty food for thought from Mathew Ingram on why our expectation of privacy has been eroded in the Web 2.0 world:

In the pre-Web era, your privacy was something that was largely under your control, and apart from having your picture appear in the newspaper or on a police blotter somewhere, the risks were fairly limited, and easily understood. Now, the definition of privacy is a lot harder to nail down – and, in fact, differs from person to person – and the risks are (theoretically at least) unlimited.

It’s not all bad. Worried that your future employer is going to check your Facebook photos for incriminating evidence of conduct unbecoming? In a few years, it won’t matter. When everyone has embarrassing photos on the Internet, then employers won’t bother checking, if they really want to hire someone to get the job done.

What is your expectation of privacy in a wired world?

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2 responses so far

2 Responses to “We Have No More Privacy Anymore. Get Used To It”

  1. Maurice Cardinalon 21 Jul 2009 at 10:33 am

    I literally have no expectation of privacy online.

    If you put it online, someone will find it if there is a payback for them, whether it is financial or celebrity status.

    You’re right Jonathon, it’s all relative.

    My advice, everyone should have fun and pose naked, but you go first.

  2. Dan hilbornon 21 Jul 2009 at 10:59 am

    I signed up for hotmail six years ago, and find I can no longer log out of the MS Passport side. I assume this means that every website I visit, and more importantly, every form I open (including comment pages such as this), is being traced back to its source.

    c’est la vie

    My real concern comes from the fact that a web-savvy programmer can hack into my account, duplicate the i.d. coding, and then pretend to be me.

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