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Private Identity and Personal Information - It’s Back to School Again

By guest blogger Diane Bjorling.

As many of you are aware, Blog Bloke was suspended from Google+ and he has written his thoughts and his opinions regarding what has happened to him in the following posts:

  • An Open Letter to Google+ .. Your Policy Is Nuts (with all due respect)
  • Open Letter to Google+ Part 2: Let’s Get Serious Shall We and
  • Google+ for “Everyone” to Open “Soon”. BUT What About The Rest Of Us?
  • That is my hint to read them by the way to get you up to speed on what has been happening.

    When Blog Bloke first approached me about writing a guest post for his blog, I was speechless. But then I thought about it and realized I should be honored … shaking but honored.

    I have been thinking about what to say that might have meaning for you and realized that while people talk about privacy or profiling or any of the other important topics that have been discussed by BlogBloke, I came to realize that many people really have little understanding to the meaning of Private Identity Information and Personal Information and what Google+ is really asking people to do within their community guidelines.

    It’s Time to Go Back to School…

    Back to School

    Without treating anyone like a kid, it is important for you to realize that schools and universities have been teaching these basic concepts to our children about online safety and security for a long time.

    Case in point, I found a great example in CyberSmart! Education which is listed as Common Sense Media’s education programs. Note the wording “Common Sense”.

    Are you listening Google?

    Part of what these people do is teach the difference between Private and Personal information through a great activity sheet.

    On this sheet as you will see is a listing of how to define and know the difference between Private Identity Information and Personal information. The very first thing you will see listed on defining Private/Personal information is:

    1. Private Identity Information
    2. Full (first and last) name
    3. Postal address
    4. E-mail address
    5. Phone numbers
    6. Passwords
    7. Calling card numbers
    8. Credit card numbers
    9. Social Security number
    10. Mother’s maiden name
    11. Photos in which you can be recognized
    12. Personal Information
    13. Your age
    14. Whether you are male or female
    15. How many brothers and sisters you have
    16. Your favorite band
    17. Your favorite food
    18. How many pets you have
    19. The name of your pet
    20. Your opinion about an important issue

    The question that begs to be asked is how come a site such as Cyber Smart understands the importance of safety and security online, and yet Google doesn’t?

    When you use your human name you are putting yourself at risk! When you put your “real” photo online you put yourself at risk and it is indeed a safety issue.

    If you think I am being paranoid, I found a post by Bobby of Sports Make Me Who I am who gave the best answer I can think of, especially in regards to having “real” images of oneself .. and this is from a kid.

    Are you still listening Google?

    The reality is that you put yourself at risk when doing this kind of behavior. The reality is that you are always at potential risk to invite stalking yourself and family, and the reality is when you put a picture of yourself online you are inviting profiling.

    For the average adult working online, these issues may not seem such a big deal, but there is a risk in everything you do and as long as you are aware of the consequences. Or as the saying goes … fill your boots.

    BUT, and yes there is a but...

    There are those people who for many reasons cannot have their names or faces online, and it is to these people that I am concerned for

    I read an interesting statement some time ago and I wish I could remember the person’s name but it went something like this:

     ”…in particular, the person, the individual, who values his/her freedom to reserve certain aspects of his/her life (and identity) to be known only to his/herself, or a very few selected others. That is, individuals need the security of the freedom to choose; they need the freedom to be private.”

    When I read this, I went … this is what it is all about. This is what people like Blog Bloke and others are saying.

    We live in a world where such words as “privacy” and “security‘ are mere platitudes without meaning; we have become desensitized to these concepts to such a degree that we do not think about things such as names or profiles with the same meaning as we teach our children.

    It is not enough for Google+ to be aware of privacy issues AFTER you want to leave, but the need for privacy issues needs to be respected when you want to join Google+.

    This is not about branding or business, this is about respecting the freedom to choose the right to be private and still have something to offer people in a community in a meaningful way.

    To many, Google IS the NET and as such they have a responsibility, especially if they are getting into the social arena, to understand the very concepts that are being taught to children every single day.

    If they cannot understand this, then the people at Google need to go back to school!

    While many people remember the lines (Spock’s logic) “The needs of the many outweigh the needs of the few or the one”  I firmly believe that for any social network to really work, the needs of the one outweigh the needs of the many to truly become successful.

    Class dismissed  - any Questions?

    ..edited by Blog Bloke

    Written July 25th, 2011 by | 29 Comments | Filed under: Blog Tips, Featured Tips, Privacy Tips, Social Media Tips ,

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    1. sigh, my temper got the best of me!

      I am still using Google+ at this time and a good friend, Debra Ulrich shared a post https://plus.google.com/107101978737123112366/posts/2FULTSVaT5Z Google VP: Why Google+ requires real names

      Here is my response:

      +Vic Gundotra … that has to be without a doubt the single worst analogy that has ever been made, and you Sir need to stop eating at so many restaurants!

      Comparing names to restaurants not allowing people to eat unless they are wearing shirts, is like saying and this is how I read that statement, people of color or people of diminished capacity are not welcome.

      The fact is, people who do not have HUMAN names have been banned from Google+ without any REAL way to resolve their issues. Let me correct that - SOME people have been banned and that was AFTER verifying (privately) to the power of Google that they were not a bot nor a spammer.

      As for the thinking that having weird ways of spellings…hmmm let me think here…

      How do you see these words?

      ????

      or this?

      blog herif

      or how about

      ???? bloke

      Here is a good one

      ???? ??????

      This is BLOGBloke by the way in different languages using the Google Translate tool

      Are you and others suggesting that Google+ is only for the English speaking people where we use “proper” language?

      Give me a break!

      As I said on a blog post and here is the URl: http://www.blogbloke.com/private-identity-personal-information/

      ”…in particular, the person, the individual, who values his/her freedom to reserve certain aspects of his/her life (and identity) to be known only to his/herself, or a very few selected others. That is, individuals need the security of the freedom to choose; they need the freedom to be private.”

      A few weeks to resolve this issue is too long for those who have been discriminated against… too long indeed!

      Google+ is in beta mode… I suggest this be a priority in fixing.

      um…sorry I got a bit hot here, but I will never go for a group of people being discriminated against..its not in my nature!

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      Reply by: BLOGBloke at 11:32 am said...

      @Diane (blogneta), good point about the name in different languages. Nice move Google alienating everyone who isn’t English speaking as a first language.

      What really pisses me off is Google’s hypocrisy. This has absolutely NOTHING to do with “community standards”. Trolls come in all forms, shapes, sizes … and names, and should be dealt with on a case by case basis.

      Google is just using that as an excuse to PROFILE us for it’s marketing. It’s that simple. Damn them.

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    2. Yeah, I have a question. How were you able to summarize all of my thoughts into one cohesive post? It’s like you were reading my mind or something. Scary. :-)

      Seriously, thank you for contributing your article Diane.

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      Reply by: Diane (blogneta) at 9:06 pm said...

      @BLOGBloke, I am doing everything backwards here….lol

      I should be the one thanking you for letting me have a chance to write how I felt - my way with a little help from a friend ;-)

      I am also glad that we are in agreement on what I said because I spoke from my heart.

      The outrage is starting to grow and people are now starting to talk and let their feelings be known and that gives me some hope that real changes will happen…but the damage has been done to so many, you included and for that I feel saddened.

      But -

      where there is life there is hope and as long as we do not turn into a bunch of bots..hey as the saying goes..you never know eh?

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    3. first off I can’t believe you’ve been kicked off Google+ and frankly I’m pissed off. Second kudos to Diane for a great guest post.

      I’ve been using Google+ almost since day 1 and have been lucky enough to not have any problems. Like you I don’t like to blast all my information out to world. On my one site I don’t mind so much but my rant site I keep my information very private. I also don’t use my real name on Google+ I use an old nickname of mine instead.

      I think the problem with Google is that their too big and their everywhere from Blogger to YouTube, Analytics, Adsense, Advisor, Maps, Earth…….hell even the 9th dimension where those weird monkey people live probably use Google. I think Google needs to be taken down a few notches to get it back in touch with the people it’s suppose to provide a service for not track us like big brother to figure out what we want to buy.

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      Reply by: Diane (blogneta) at 8:42 pm said...

      @Jer, You have made my day! I have been following some of the discussions on Google+ regarding the issue of real names or have (I have been seeing a change in terminology) “normal” names..(amazing how that works) and finally there is a growing sense of outrage and anger at what has been done to so many people.

      Like you I have also been on Google+ since near the beginning because I also use my human name…by the way…never been to the 9th dimension, sounds interesting though ^=^ - I think I started to get a prickly feeling when I saw people say things like ” I will only talk to real people” and I went huh?

      The wording in guidelines could have been written by a kid with no idea of what the heck they were talking about, it was left wide open to interpretation and when the first wave of people were booted, people used the guidelines to approve of these actions without fully understanding the repercussions.

      Has Google gotten to big for its britches? I am going to say that they are very determined to be the top dog on the net and with them buying up so many companies, doing away with the Google toolbar for Firefox and this issue of names, I feel that we all need to be more aware of what is going on and stand up for those things that are wrong!

      We need a lot more active outrage to occur to force Google to not only change the wording but damn it apologize to all the people who have been affected, who have been hurt and who have had their very credibility questioned.

      This is a time where the power of all people need to come together to really make a difference and that means talking..no shouting about this and that is why you made my day… you shouted and for that I thank you just as I feel BlogBloke thanks you.

      So you liked what I said? that is so kewl and I thank you..

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      Reply by: Jer at 11:34 pm said...

      @Diane (blogneta), no worries and your very welcome. I’ve been to the 9th dimension a couple times, the food sucks but the monkey people won’t throw poop at you.

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      Reply by: BLOGBloke at 9:37 pm said...

      @Jer, count yourself as one of the lucky ones. Give it time and maybe they might catch up with you. ;-) I appreciate your support and your comments. Please drop by again.

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      Reply by: Jer at 11:32 pm said...

      @BLOGBloke, they might hard to say what they would do if a huge amount of attention came my way. I have to admit that overall they’ve been pretty good to me. Not just with Google+ but Adsense, and on the search engine itself. The only place they’ve given me hell is YouTube because of the videos I make. I make fan videos to different movies and because isn’t mine but a tribute to things I like they hit it pretty hard. Of course that doesn’t stop them from making money from them though since I can’t use them to ever become a YouTube partner

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