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Is Your Private Information Really Private When We Talk Facebook?

By Odesi Desko

Nowadays, almost everyone is into some form of social networking, text messaging, instant messaging, file sharing, or using some other form of technology, such as Bluetooth. Unfortunately, Myspace, Facebook, Twitter, and many other websites which information can impose upon your privacy by asking for particular info about yourself. Of course, the Facebook website itself is not deliberately intending to harm anyone by asking for such information. It simply must ask certain things from people to offer the extended social networking services it does so well.

Determining if this method of marketing is actually beneficial to users has been a hotly contested topic in recent years. People against this method want additional security measures, but people who own the websites think the personal info is vital to keeping the users satisfied with relevant advertisements.

So many individuals do not realize that a number of websites use what is referred to as IP tracking. With this technology, a person can actually be monitored – EVERY WORD – and someone out there can even tell exactly WHO and WHERE you are! This particular website, along with plenty more, does just that.

There’s still plenty of room for improvement regarding that “fine line” between the free speech to say whatever we want, and safeguarding the personal information of internet users everywhere. Nothing states this more clearly than the MILLIONS of new lawsuits being filed every year. Recently, one particular site under a considerable amount of scrutiny regarding how personal information is managed is Facebook.

Facebook is always changing limitations and granting access to personal info even when users have chosen to entirely block their privacy. Because of this, the National Trade Commission set new rules that affect the kinds of moves Facebook can perform. As such, the site is no longer able to continually improve the services they offer.

As one of the largest social websites on the Internet, Facebook serves over 500 million users monthly. As such, many changes proposed by the company to keep up not only with the volume, but ever-changing legal mandates, has resulted in site problems which were unanticipated. Things like an unclear interface and news feed tied personal information into public forums that led to much criticism. What many fail to understand is that once personal information is placed on the Internet, it is vulnerable to accessibility.

An illustration of this is the Beacon Advertising System, which was used to document personal info of anyone who performed an Internet-based search. The info was relayed to people in that person’s address book along with a link and a statement similar to, “Check out what Sam has been up to online”. The contacts could then be taken to the website the person had been viewing. A lot of people on Facebook believed that this betrayed their privacy since not everyone wants their family and friends to know what he or she is searching on the web. Luckily, Facebook discontinued this practice; however they suffered greatly because of it.

Facebook, as well as other social network sites, have taken the privacy issue to heart but, ultimately, it is the responsibility of the users to protect against voluntarily divulging personal information that could lead to an invasion of privacy. Social networking has become the norm and the Internet needs to find a way to cope with ever-increasing demands. In the meantime, remembering that once information is revealed on the web it many find its way around the world should serve as a warning to users to think carefully before submitting anything.

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Desko, Odesi "Is Your Private Information Really Private When We Talk Facebook?." Is Your Private Information Really Private When We Talk Facebook?. 17 Aug. 2010. 6 Mar 2017 <>.

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Desko, O (2010, August 17). Is Your Private Information Really Private When We Talk Facebook?. Retrieved March 6, 2017, from

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Desko, Odesi "Is Your Private Information Really Private When We Talk Facebook?"

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