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Tough Love on Facebook Privacy: It’s your fault.

I agree that it’s harsh, but uploading something to the I-N-T-E-R-N-E-T should have been her first clue that it might not remain private. Being ignorant is no defense.

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Please be warned the the tone of this post is not upbeat, funny, and it doesn’t contain cat pictures of any kind. Today’s news calls for good old fashioned tough love. Are you ready?

Facebook Privacy is a pathetic joke.

I care about all the people blithely uploading embarrassing pictures of their kids (or themselves) and personal information that could be used against them.

If you care about your job prospects, your credit card information, your physical safety, STOP sharing personal information on social networks, no matter how much they promise you it will be securely guarded. Baloney. A recent NY Times article about a security leak the size of the Grand Canyon demonstrates that. (Scroll down for the link.) 

Unbelievably, Facebook’s blog states: 

“We currently have no evidence that this bug has been exploited maliciously, and we have not received complaints from users or seen anomalous behavior on the tool or site to suggest wrongdoing.” 

Yeah… and the IRS is a charitable organization.

And within the same hour today a friend asks me about this College Freshman who thinks that her Facebook bikini picture with a cardboard cut out of Snoop Dogg is private. Her attorney (probably somebody found via a giant billboard on Interstate 85) says “Their idea that putting something on Facebook gives them a license to steal it and carte blanche to do with it what they did is wrong ethically, it’s wrong morally and it’s absolutely wrong legally.” 

I agree that it’s harsh, but uploading something to the I-N-T-E-R-N-E-T should have been her first clue that it might not remain private. Being ignorant is no defense. She clearly posed for it!! Her attorney is either irretrievably stupid or greedy.  

It’s interesting to note, however, that she’s getting that bikini pic posted all over the internet, now that this lawsuit has been exposed by Fox News. Maybe the potential $2 Million she hopes to win from the Fayette County School District will defray her embarrassment. Kids don’t need computers or crayons in the classroom as badly as this genius and her attorney need that settlement… (*sarcasm intended*) I hope the judge sees reason and gives them some kind of public service assignment to make up for having wasted the Court’s time and trying to strong-arm money from the school system. Cleaning up road litter by the billboard I imagine he inhabits would make a great Facebook pic share! 

In case you might have a little info that needs to be cleaned up, do it NOW. There’s no protection for ignorance online, no matter how nice and honest you are. It’s the Wild West. And it’s nobody’s fault but the person uploading the information in the first place. 

Your homework:

Clean out your sensitive Facebook photos and information.

Delete anything you wouldn’t want your Grandma to see. 

 

NY Times article: http://www.nytimes.com/2013/06/22/business/facebook-says-technical-flaw-exposed-6-million-users.html?_r=0 

Read more: http://foxnewsinsider.com/2013/06/24/chelsea-chaneys-facebook-bikini-photo-prompts-lawsuit-against-georgia-school-district#ixzz2X9mOlDO1

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One Response to “Tough Love on Facebook Privacy: It’s your fault.”

  1. WagnerWrites

    We still need these reminders. And I hate the way we use lawsuits to try to cover up and compensate for our own bad judgment.