With the Rise of social networking sites such as Facebook it is no surprise that there is an increase in security and privacy concerns. There have been instances such as the behavioral data experiment that was conducted using random Facebook user’s information in this particular study.
This information was provided to the participants in this experiment without the consent of the Facebook user. Facebook states that you waive your right for Facebook to be able to use your own information for certain purposes such as experiments such as this one and that they are not in violation of anyone privacy.
Situations such as this one can make Facebook users feel that their information is not kept private or between the people that they choose to share their information with.
Another concern with Facebook’s privacy issues is also a safety concern. There has been a rise in crimes committed from criminals obtaining personal information from Facebook.
This opens a whole new door to criminals. Not only can they see pictures of your private residence and family members but many people on Facebook constantly add there location information on their homepage.
If someone goes on vacation or even just out for the evening this is updated on Facebook letting potential criminals know your every move and allows them to plot a break in.
The tagging method used on Facebook has caused many problems with people who are ending their relationship or even going through custody battles.
Despite the fact that their personal homepage and information is only disclosed to friends and family if another person has a picture of you and you are tagged this information is released to the public.
This can cause problems when opposing sides either do not want their information on Facebook or their children’s photographs on this site. In addition to these issues it also poses a threat to the individual’s character.
This is highly important when fighting a custody battle because it can give a false sense of who the individual actually is.
Healthcare disclosure information is a new security issue that has been discovered by some individuals. If a person likes a page for diabetes information or depression and a potential insurer sees this it could lead to them either thinking that the person has that particular health issue or disease.
This is still being researched to determine just how truthful it is but consumer reports state that this has been an issue with a few Facebook members.
Facebook does have many security measures within its website. It is important that if you choose to be on this social media website that you educate yourself and others on how to protect your personal information. Some people just do not know how to protect their information which then allows everyone into your personal and private life.
The results can be devastating.
Imagine how violated you would feel if someone broke into your home as a result of looking at your Facebook account. I would imagine that you would never feel safe.
Also, use common sense when posting things to Facebook. If you are involved in a custody battle or divorce do not put pictures or information on the website that you would not want anyone to see or know about. If you are currently seeking employment be smart about what is on your Facebook account as well.
Many new employers are asking for your Facebook information to get a better sense of your character. This actually means that they want to look into how you act outside of work. If you are seeking a CEO position it would not be wise to highlight the pictures of you doing keg stands or taking shots on your Facebook account.
Not only is this a bad idea for potential employers but also if you hold a management position. You are in a position to set an example so be wise about the information that is on the internet about you and your private life.