Google, Facebook Privacy – Who Did What?

June 1, 2010 · 2 comments

Now let me get this straight. Google (inadvertently) collected date from unprotected WiFi networks for the past four years. Now there is a lawsuit against Google for invasion of privacy. Key to this is unprotected networks. By definition this means when you log on there is no protection, and if you expect even a little privacy, it is your responsibility to implement it.

This is like sticking your hand in a fire and expecting not to get a blister. News blast: Hackers will log onto unprotected networks, then to your computer and possibly do serious damage on open networks.

Who is to blame for privacy invasion? Have we lost all understanding of personal responsibility?

Facebook is the most visited site on the Internet. Do you suppose they are looking out for your privacy and security? Horror stories abound with people who have done idiotic things on Facebook. In fact this site is dedicated to collecting stories from the woebegone Facebook users who posted inappropriate things.

Who is to blame if you post something to Facebook, then later see it on another site? What if you post pictures of your children which are later picked up by a porn site?

In January of this year, I posted an article about how to protect yourself while traveling, and another in May about online protection. These are about responsibility, using protection and common sense.

You have choices. You can blame others for your Internet woes, or you can accept the responsibility for your online actions, especially with social media. Sometimes I am a little embarrassed to live in a nation of blamers.

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Doug June 3, 2010 at 7:31 pm

Wow! Scary to think about my kids on FB. Maybe it’s time to just pitch the damned computer in the trash. I don’t use it much anyway.

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