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Facebook Password Debate Stirs Deep Social Fears
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Levon Tostig
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Levon Tostig,
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5/11/2012 | 1:02:40 AM
re: Facebook Password Debate Stirs Deep Social Fears
Imagine a law that required you to post your thoughts, your actions, pictures of you wherever you went (including GPS coordinates), and identify your network of friends and anything you liked. And, the government had access to all of this, in the name of protecting your safety.

That would be outrageous. No one would agree to this, except folks who say things like, "Well, if you're not doing anything wrong, you should have nothing to hide!"

Facebook and Twitter do just that - only, they do it, "voluntarily."

I find it immensely curious how anyone (in particular those who despise big corporations) would embrace the idea of a big corporation having access to so much of their personal information. There are others who despise the idea of, "Big Brother," (big government) who also use these services - yet, we have the FBI petitioning to have wire tap access to them, and more.

What for? What is the benefit? To have the cyber equivalent of a party that never ends, complete with really bad slide shows and games of Twister? All that's missing is the free booze. And, it seems, common sense.

When you wonder where your freedom and privacy went, the answer is, "you gave it away." When you wonder why your insurance company just hiked your rates, remember that you posted all those pictures of yourself getting so drunk you needed to get medically hydrated. When you visit someplace you've never been to and someone takes a picture of you with their smartphone, and can bring up your entire life's history, remember that you insisted on investing in the Facebook IPO.
Bprince
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Bprince,
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4/22/2012 | 12:03:58 AM
re: Facebook Password Debate Stirs Deep Social Fears
I'd be surprised if this really takes off as a major trend, especially in light of the public backlash. But I'm also sure some organizations will do it as long as they feel they can get away with it and still attract the job candidates they want.
Brian Prince, InformationWeek/Dark Reading Comment Moderator
Deb Donston-Miller
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Deb Donston-Miller,
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3/27/2012 | 6:21:31 PM
re: Facebook Password Debate Stirs Deep Social Fears
I received a note from Bradley Shear, pointing me to Bob Sullivan's Ground Zero story on this topic: http://redtape.msnbc.msn.com/_.... Shear is an attorney who served as a source on the story.

Deb Donston-Miller
Contributing Editor, The BrainYard
dbtinc
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dbtinc,
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3/27/2012 | 4:19:26 PM
re: Facebook Password Debate Stirs Deep Social Fears
Just a suggestion to all of you folks who feel the need to post a stream of minutia on the social media - SFTU and save yourself from yourself.


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