Archive for Week 14 Discussion

Rights and Responsibilities to Protect my Privacy on the Internet

By Erik Hinch

I think you have to realize that people have the ability to obtain information on the internet.  It is not the best idea to put out personal information, even the city where you live, in some cases, if it isn’t absolutely necessary.  It is our responsibility to not be stupid with our information on the internet.  I want to think that I have a right to not have my information given out to other groups without my permission, though.  A lot of people have issues with Facebook and Google today because they use our information; likes, interests, friends, etc. to target specific ads towards us.  Google looks at our search history and targets ads based on the sites we go on! I am a huge Rise Against fan (as I’ve stated before), and I literally see Rise Against ads from iTunes everywhere I go.  Go onto YouTube and watch a video; There’s an ad trying to get me to buy their albums on the video.  Many other sites do this too, and many consider it an invasion of privacy. I’m sure, somewhere in the depths of the unread abomination that is the Terms and Conditions, that we basically give them the right to use this information, but many people don’t get it.  I just don’t want to see South Park’s take on the idea, and have a “Human CentiPad”….*Shutters*

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