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Privacy and Social Media

March 20, 2014

To all the journalists, bloggers, blowhards, and talking heads: when you suggest that privacy and social media are anathema, when you say that people who share content on Facebook or Twitter (your favorite example: "what they're having for lunch", of course) cannot have an expectation of privacy, then you're missing a rather important point:

Privacy is not about hiding things from others, nor about not participating in social networks (online or offline), nor about being naive about what happens to content once published.

Privacy is about being in control of the information you're sharing, about deciding when to share what with whom.

Pretending that privacy is in conflict with social media implicitly sanctions massive data collection, abuse of shared content and so-called meta data, and does a disservice to the public.

(Feel free to share this on your social network.)

March 20, 2014


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