In today’s lesson Maria taught us about Network privacy. During the lesson Maria asked the class if there was any networked society that doesn’t ask for personal information such as phone number, full name and date of birth and no one could think of anything. This made me think about my privacy online and if the things I think are private really are. With my own experience on social network society, there are options on who can see your information, like people who are only ‘friends’ or ‘follow’ allowed access. ‘Individuals, groups, or institutions to determine for themselves when, how, and to what extent information about them is communicated to others’ (Westin 1967, in Fuchs, 2011:142 & in Boyd, 2014:59).
Maria explained about privacy of social media posts. There have been many situations where celebrities or people in a job interview have been confronted by the content of their online history which has ruined careers. ‘Comments written weeks ago can easily be fodder for current dramas’ (Boyd, 2014: p66).
There is an option for opting out, meaning you can delete social media from your phone and not use it anymore but your account will still be there, so even though you’re not using it, people can still look you up and read details of your profile.
During the lesson Maria also mentioned the different types of privacy that isn’t on social networking sites – she questioned if prisoners have any privacy and this got me thinking if I actually have privacy in my own home!