Thursday, December 22, 2011
Privacy & Confidentiality
Some of the general concerns surrounding privacy and confidentiality in 'New Media' include storage of private information for users on social networking sites and the seemingly permanent existence of past posts no matter how many times we hit the 'delete' button. Now, here are some other privacy issues that must be considered in 'New Media' such as: Who has access to photos of me? In the case of Facebook, there is also the controversy about easy access to photos posted by other users. Essentially, I can go to the profile of another user, copy his/her photos and use it to satisfy my own agenda. This is all without the knowledge of the original user. While on the subject of Facebook, 'tagging' of photos can also be considered an invasion of privacy since other Facebook users. Without the right privacy controls, you can find yourself being 'tagged' in photos that have nothing to do with you and in some cases are lewd, and/or contain text that can have others perceive you in a negative light. This can be of great concern to current employees as well as job seekers, since some companies conduct strategic searches on social networking sites to keep track of employees and candidates.