Research Paper on Facebook Diminishing Privacy

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Privacy is often defined as freedom from the observation, intrusion, or attention of others. If that was taken away from daily life the world would become a collection of omniscient beings that walk around with potentially harmful information about those surrounding them. Stalking would be unnecessary because the internet would do all for the work for us. Social networking sites are creating many such concerns. One of the most widely known social networking sites is Facebook. When reviewing Facebook’s privacy policy, you may want to keep in mind that “an examination of Facebook's privacy policy shows that the informedchoicemodel is completely unrealistic” (Grimmelmann).Facebook not only helps our friends learn more about our daily life,…show more content…
All you have to do to understand some of the implications of such a situation is assume that your friend has a parent or family member as their friend. That family member can now see where your friend is, who they’re with, and what they’re doing. This is usually a less than desirable occurrence. Another popular feature is the ability to upload photos. “Users share four Billion pieces of content per day, including uploads of 250million photos“ (Wilson).When you add a picture to your Facebook you’re given the ability to tag your friends in it. This presents the same privacy issues as tagging a friend in your status. Some may even consider being tagged in a picture to be worse than being tagged in a status. As they say, a picture speaks a thousand words, and most of us don’t think about what implications those words may have on our friends before tagging them in seemingly harmless photos. Besides your friends and possible risqué activities being displayed in your pictures, your location may be obvious. Deriving your location based on your surroundings may be harder than looking at a location check-in, but it is far from impossible, especially with motivation. If someone is determined to invade your privacy they’ll be able to do just that. Often looked past is the email constraint that comes along

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