Privacy Concerns Within Facebook

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Even though the user is responsible for the information entered through Facebook and other social networking mediums, the corporations are responsible for protecting the data available because unprotected data can lead to harassment, theft of personal belongings, identify theft, putting children at risk. It is for these reasons people are genuinely concerned about how much is made public about them. The dangers of putting personal information on the internet have been highly publicized since the early days of the World Wide Web. They have stemmed from credit card fraud to identity theft, child abduction and with the insurgence of social media the dangers of the internet have begun to affect more and more unsuspecting people. Take Facebook for example, most people are no stranger to the biggest social networking site on the web (hosting over 700 million profiles) and the accessibility of people’s personal information. Most are unaware of is how Facebook is profiting from the vast database of personal information; their greatest asset (Mui, 2011). Facebook uses this information to sell to advertisers so that everyone gets a personalized add that is tailored to appeal to them specifically. In the end it is the user that chooses what information they want to put on Facebook, but Facebook has the right to distribute the information how they see fit. The real issue is the amount of information that Facebook labels and default and public. While Facebook can limit the information and apply strong privacy policies this is in direct conflict with the business plan with the advertisers (Mui, 2011). With the information Facebook allows to be public; Carnegie Mellon University (CMU) was able to use Facebook`s public database, some over... ... middle of paper ... ...olicy/ Mui, C. (2011, 08 08). Facebook's Privacy Issues Are Even Deeper Than We Knew. Retrieved 02 10, 2012, from Forbes: http://www.forbes.com/sites/chunkamui/2011/08/08/facebooks-privacy-issues-are-even-deeper-than-we-knew/ REPORTER, I. T. (2011, 06 24). Sue Facebook for quick cash and fun: Top ten most whimsical lawsuits against Facebook to date. Retrieved 08 08, 2012, from International Business Times: http://www.ibtimes.com/articles/169001/20110624/facebook-sue-lawsuit-winklevoss-twins-legal-dispute-mark-zukerberg-top-tem-ridiculous-litigation-fri.htm Sexty, R. W. (2011). Canadian Business and Society Ethics and Responsiliities. St. Johns, NFLD, Canada: McGraw-Hill Ryerson. Singel, R. (2011, 06 28). Google+ vs. Facebook on Privacy: + Ahead On Points — For Now. Retrieved 02 13, 2012, from Wired: http://www.wired.com/epicenter/2011/06/google-facebook-privacy/

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