Has Facebook Gone Too Far?
- So if privacy is no big deal tell us what color underwear are you wearing, how often did you make love to your wife this week or
- If privacy is really dead turn your webcam on next time you diddle yourself, or post your social security number, or
- Sorry to say this but with all due respect you miss the point and the premise of your post is stupid
- Unless we draw a line where will this new age of no privacy end? It’s NOT the brave new world I want to live
- Sorry for that outburst but when I see people in a position of influence going soft on privacy it really angers me
- (Mr. Scoble then responded that I should write a book … I told him I’m thinking about it.)
- (Then somebody challenged me saying I was missing the point. I asked him to provide more details and he backed down.)
- In the legal world it’s all about precedents and if the legislators don’t say enough is enough (and get their head out of their collective ass), then it never will be enough (sooner than we think)
- Regarding websites demanding birth dates .. most people don’t know they can find almost anything about you with just a name and a birthdate
- Giving your name and birth date is almost the same is handing out your Social Security Number (or SIN no. in Canada) … DANGEROUS!
- Because of the viral nature of social media and cloud security issues, giving your private info such as birthdate etc. is extremely dangerous
- Handing out your private info to social media sites is analogous to handing a stranger a loaded gun and the key to your front door
- Even if a social media site promises to keep your private info ‘private‘, remember .. they can always change their TOS later (look at Facebook)
- Also remember, nothing is absolutely safe on the cloud .. there are no guarantees and everything is hackable .. EVERYTHING
- If anybody tells you to give up the battle for your right to privacy .. tell them to stuff it .. I did
- Only a marketer making money off social media would tell you to give up your right to privacy … DON’T
- If you feel you absolutely MUST use a site demanding your private info, then give them fake ID. Do NOT give them your real birth date etc.
- Because if you do … you WILL regret it … bank on it
As you can see from my outburst this topic really gets me going and I guess the point I was trying to make is there’s privacy .. and then there’s privacy isn’t there (rhetorical question).
So let’s not be hypocrites about this. How much privacy are we prepared to lose before we finally say enough is enough, especially when we consider that Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg thinks there is no such thing as online privacy?
No Mr. Scoble I flatly reject your premise, and it is never acceptable to go soft on our privacy and raise the white flag. It’s dangerous enough that people are posting their private lives online, but our private info too? How private is “private”, and where will all this end? Good God …With all due respect only a near-sighted twit would give in to the shenanigans of a privacy-terrorist like Mark Zuckerberg.
Make your stand now or forever hold your peace.
Captain Kirk once told me the best defense is an offense. Now that he’s a lawyer (Denny Crane) I guess he knows what he’s talking about.
The premise for this post is “Has facebook Gone Too Far? Privacy and Security in a Social Media World: The Best Defence is an Offence” … meaning — don’t give it up (your private info) in the first place.
Play it safe. That is the only way you can be certain your online privacy will be protected.
What do you think? Am I right or should I give up the battle for privacy too (or should I write a book like Scoble has suggested).
UPDATE: I’m not an expert in online privacy law but it seems to me this is a legal issue (or ought to be) as well as a moral one. When it comes to our private info Facebook should not be allowed to arbitrarily change the TOS (terms of service) after we joined and sell our private info to the highest bidder.
Especially considering how difficult it is (if not impossible) to delete our account (which is the crux of the matter here).
My friend Tarheel_Rambler pointed out the “terms of service get changed all the time .. there’s even language included saying they have that option”.
Yes that’s true, BUT the point is thanks to Facebook it’s a new world out there now. Or as Mr. Zuckerberg likes to say the rules are-a-changing .. and it goes both ways as far as I’m concerned. Tit for tat.
The TOS is a legal contract between both parties and someone should take them to task on that. If their attitude is we can just leave if we don’t like it, then our private information should go with us as well .. NOT remain on Facebook’s servers.
If there are insufficient laws at this time to enforce it then we need legislators with the kahunas to make it happen.
Like my friend Mitch also pointed out it’s completely unethical for Facebook to bait and switch us after joining. Jeff Jarvis has also entered the fray .. and my response? This is not a discussion just for academics.
The old rules should no longer apply to privacy terrorists like Zuckerberg. It’s too bad I no longer practice litigation because I would have loved to sink my teeth in this one.
Any takers? Are you out there Deny Crane? Alan Shore perhaps … or how about you?