Paraphrasing And Privacy

analytical Essay
2231 words
2231 words


Name: Stephen Delaney
Course: Software Systems Development
Title: Is User Privacy Important to Social Networks?

I declare that the work which follows is my own and that any quotations from any sources (e.g. books, journals, the Internet) are clearly identified by the use of single quotation marks for shorter excerpts and indented italics for longer quotations. All quotations and paraphrases are accompanied by (date, author) in the text and a fuller citation in the bibliography. I have read and understood the rules on paraphrasing and referencing and followed these conventions carefully.

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Is User Privacy Important to Social Networks?
User Privacy is a sensitive topic at the moment. It is one of the most important factors a person should consider before they give their information away over the internet. Every click or selection you make online is being stored and permanently kept on record that includes anything you may have Googled, investigated or researched. Some people believe that user privacy is dead (Rambam 2011). More and more we are being encouraged to give away more information about ourselves online, and the greatest intrusion into our online activities comes from social networking sites. The lack of user privacy on social networking sites has led to dramatic changes in people’s lives such as targeting by the media and marketing researchers, the buying and selling of user information and other unethical forms of privacy invasion. Online activity is increasingly being used as e...

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...ause there is a fine line between conspiracy and assumptions when it comes to online privacy. With this in mind I tried to keep my research as unbiased as possible whilst maintaining my position on the topic. After completing and reviewing this assignment I am both startled and amazed that this kind of misdirection can occur in today’s educated society. Some of the research I did on Facebook really opened my mind further to how much this company knows about you and what they do/intend to do and try to do in order to remove the legal protection you have when your online and even offline. My advice is to use social networks carefully and understand that everything you do, whether it says private or not, is theirs for keeps to use how they will. If any bill/treaty is passed in regards to online privacy you should really be in the loop. Privacy Matters!

In this essay, the author

  • States that they have read and understood the rules on paraphrasing and referencing and followed these conventions carefully.
  • Opines that user privacy is a sensitive topic and should be considered before giving information away over the internet. lack of privacy on social networking sites has led to dramatic changes in people's lives.
  • Analyzes how facebook and google realized the power of data sharing and storage and have poured billions into acquiring your data.
  • Analyzes how steve rambam, a professional internet security private detective, has used facebook and twitter to catch fraudsters and gain useful information for use in court of law.
  • Explains the phenomenon of micro marketing, target marketing and personalized adverts, where companies purchase information contained on people’s profiles. bogomil shopov bravely confronted facebook after he was able to obtain 1 million data sets (full name, password, email address and also the http address).
  • Analyzes how fbi security expert frank abagnale has 40 years of experience in the field of fraudulent use of someone else’s identity.
  • Argues that facebook's business model is to sell users data and find ways of getting users to agree to open doors into their lives.
  • Analyzes how facebook beacon showed the world how dirty and sneaky they were willing to go in order to peel the away the protection users had on their private purchases online.
  • Explains that facebook's deceptive privacy invasion methods are hidden deep within its user privacy policy. the rich and famous of california managed to get state law changed so that they could request any company to divulge their info.
  • Explains that gnip is an online resource for marketing companies who want to know everything about you.
  • Explains that datasift is similar in its design to gnip. its business model is the collection of data from popular online resources and putting it all in one place for marketing companies to buy.
  • Explains that there is a big debate lately whether or not social networks should have access to the information they process, should they be allowed to share this info with other companies and even the government.
  • Concludes that facebook's blatant disregard for user privacy means nothing to social networks. small fines, court orders, and public scandals have not halted this disregard.
  • Cites the guardian, frank abagnale, cispa (2011) bill summary & status, and facebook.
  • Explains that fraley v facebook (federal crt. 2011) is available at
  • Explains that they were asked to choose a topic for their critical thinking course, which was "user privacy important to social networks?" they were startled and amazed at how misdirection can occur in today's educated society.

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