April 12, 2012

SandBoxBlogs: Durango Herald "Are you exposed on Internet?"

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Yes, but here lies the rub.

Until law enforcement recognizes that they actually already have enough law in place to enforce what others 'do' to your personal information on the web and that politicians and legislators will spin their wheels until the boots that are on the ground, that are watching the consequences of that ill-intent, push the boundaries to get those perpetrators off-line; there will not be any hope for internet regulation laws that work in the real world.

Paige Blankenbuehler:
"Josh, a 26-year-old Durango resident who asked that only his first name be used, said that he will never create an online profile.

“You never know what information that you share might come back to haunt you in 10 years, or even 20 years,” he said. “To me, sharing information online is like sending it up to this floating island of information, I don’t understand it, and I don’t know the extent of who can access that information even if I think that I’m keeping it private.”

Josh also has concerns about potential employers holding information that they find online against him when he is looking for a job.

On March 30, Facebook said in a public statement that reports of businesses asking potential employees for passwords in order to view private posts and pictures as part of the job-application process were ‘alarming.’

In a survey released by Microsoft Research in 2010, 70 percent of recruiters said they’d rejected applicants based on information they found online.

But before you delete or deactivate your Facebook account, note that the research also identified the opposite: 68 percent of job granters said social-networking profiles contributed to a candidate getting hired.
Josh acknowledged that social media may not always be a negative in the job search, but that didn’t change his mind.

“When I am applying for jobs, that employer should look at my credentials, not my personal life,” he said.
In February, the Obama Administration released a proposed ‘Bill Of Rights’ for online privacy.

The bill’s main purpose is to enable users to easily tell Internet companies with a single click whether they want their online activity tracked.

Josh’s preference is clear.

“I just think that it’s better to be safe than to be sorry,” he said....."  (Read more?  Click title)

"Unapologetically pursuing and tracking patterns within the news others make since 2010."

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