A Quick Thought On Online Privacy

tin-foil hat A quick thought, prompted by Colin McKay at last night’s Third Tuesday Toronto event (with Katie Paine, Marshall Sponder and Marcel Lebrun), on online privacy…

People who are part of the social media community know that when you put something online publicly, it gets indexed by search engines and is effectively ‘out there’ for people to see forever. By posting information online, we’re making a choice to make it available to other people. We take that for granted.

If someone doesn’t realize they’re making that choice – if they don’t realize that’s what’s happening – is it still right to mine that information in the same way? Does our technical ability to do it trump that consideration?

Taking aside the obvious implication that there may be a lot of education necessary about this stuff, what’s your take on this?

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Dave Fleet
Managing Director and Head of Global Digital Crisis at Edelman. Husband and dad of two. Cycling nut; bookworm; videogamer; Britnadian. Opinions are mine, not my employer's.