I found this realy cool infographic about privacy on the Internet. I left out the bottom part because of the irrelevance to my message, but if you want you can see the full version here.
Off course it’s only a representation of a few social media items in the flat world. But if gives a good idea on who’s seeing wath information. If you would search for a definition on privacy you would end up with this:
1. the condition of being private or withdrawn; seclusion
2. the condition of being secret; secrecy
(Collins Engish Dictonary)
In a real world situation this a easy, you open your door and close it. What happens in your homen stays in your home. (And as the saying goes: What happens in Vegas, stays in Vegas). BUT what happens on the Internet, stays on the Internet, facebook, netlog, Flickr, iGoogle, …. Every time you go in to the flat world you leave a trace (and not only through your IP-adress), but apparently we are fond on leaving our name, mail and more everywhere.
Did you google your name or e-mailadress? This only gives an idea of the information available. You have your personal facebook or other social network profile, with pictures, status-updates, … BUT did you check your privacy settings?
In the next 2 pictures you see how Facebook has shifted his privacy setting over the past 5 years. (The ful version can be found here. – I’m only showing 2 slides, but youcan follow the entire evolution on this website.)
I know it looks frightening, but don’t go over to Facebook and delete your profile…at least I didn’t! But let this be the start for you to rethink your privacy in the flat world. Even at home you need to close the door to keep your privacy, maintain the same precausion when you’re in flat world. Start by checking your privacy settings at your social media websites (Facebook, ….), but don’t be afraid to work on the flat world, make sure you have a secure line (httpS:// for example) will keep your data private!
On the other side, there is off course the huge data centers that are building up behing all those social media and other (commercial) website where you register or leave your data. These data will be used for data mining, and maybe sold (but then again this only is possible with your permission….Oh I forgot you gave it, when checking the litte box: “I agree”).
If you want to read more on privacy in the flat world, I invite you to participate in the Flat Education. In the intensify section, there is a page (presently under construction) which deals with privacy in the flat world.