How Much Information do You Share?
It’s been one of those weeks where a specific trend in online content keeps catching my eye, and this week it’s related to online data privacy.
On the one hand we know we’re not getting the most out of our social networks if we hide behind the Twitter egg profile picture, but are we sharing too much information with websites, social and mobile applications without being fully aware of how that information can be used?
Users: Ignorance of privacy settings is not acceptable
Earlier this week, Sophos’ Naked Security blog wrote about a Texas emergency medical technician’s claim for wrongful termination and privacy invasion after the technician was fired for a Facebook comment.
I’m shortening here but the employee’s unsuccessful claim that his privacy was invaded because he misunderstood Facebook settings and didn’t know who could view his comment was not counted as evidence of privacy invasion. This privacy invasion claim was actually dismissed twice, first by the lower court and then following an appeal was rejected by the Second District of Texas/Fort Worth Court of Appeals.
Ignorance is not an excuse, especially when your online data can be sold for as little as $2
I’ve not spotted many organisations including this requirement in their terms, (and even better providing the basic text to be used) but I’m betting that this will increase as privacy legislation and best practice recommendations continues on its complex evolution.
Users: How much do you share with Apps?
This infographic from BackgroundCheck.org covers some of the examples seen in 2012 from LinkedIn collecting information without the users’ consent to the infamous “Girls Around Me”. As mobile apps continue to multiply and become more sophisticated we’re sharing more information online; but…
- do we really understand how that information can be used,
- did you actually read the terms on the last app you installed?
Although going offline can be a temping prospect, social and mobile applications and website tracking are not going to disappear, so what steps should we be taking to protect ourselves when we willingly accept the terms and voluntarily enter our personal information?
And a question for App Devs, what best practices do you follow with your apps?
Compiled By: BackgroundCheck.org