By: Shelly F.
What rights and responsibilities do you have to protect your privacy on the Internet?
This question has multiple angles because it does not specify the entity seeking my personal information. My employer would have a fairly open right to almost anything that I do on the internet while the federal government would have to first obtain a warrant to view anything that I haven’t posted in a chat-room. However, Facebook and other online organizations can pass on any information that I have given to them (personal information, items bought, sites visited, etc.) to other interested parties.
My example is the article “Does Face Facebook know you’re pregnant?” which demonstrates how information is passed for a profit through the “tagging” of certain keywords in posts such as “pregnancy test” or “morning sickness” (Delo, C. (2012). Advertising Age, 83(32), 18-20.). (http://web.ebscohost.com/ehost/detail?sid=c07c933e-3fe6-4f55-821b-35a07c0200b1%40sessionmgr13&vid=1&hid=9&bdata=JnNpdGU9ZWhvc3QtbGl2ZQ%3d%3d%23db=a9h&AN=79809620) I know that in order for companies to reach a specific audience they need the information that tells them who the audience is and the favorite medium of that audience. However, I do not agree with their method of obtaining that information. The sad thing is we pretty much give the information away to something that we don’t really think about even if we know it exists. I wonder who Word Press gives its information to?