Assume a forum to be a similar risk, too.
Except that not even criminals do forums,any more......
Here, I believe, only the first three (Five?) posts, in a thread, are open to public view. But, there are still a large number of fora around and a number are completely open to whoever visits them...
A really good post. We're doing a Social Awareness day with our second years tomorrow. Barclays are coming in to work with them to talk about all these issues. To be perfectly honest I have had to defend teachers who have done the wrong thing on Facebook and I know of folk who have been sacked so I am very leery. I also see the mental heath issues of those who are excluded from parties etc. Horrible if used the wrong way.
Very well put together, Katzy.
Maybe because of the fact that I've been involved in setting-up new computers, for people with no idea, that I've got used to ramming it down their
throats that it really is a jungle, out there, in the online world.
To me, that article is common sense. But, of course, that very phrase is an oxymoron.
I've never used Facebook and doubt I ever will. Jane says that she only uses it to keep in touch with family and doing a bit of political activism and that a lot of those things are private. But, NOTHING is 100% private, online.
Take here, as an example. When I set my old forum up, the very first post that I made, was to tell the members, quite clearly, that I, as the administrator, could see EVERYTHING that they did, if I wanted to. I could read their private messages should I have the desire, for any reason, and, when using the place, they would have to take in on trust that I wouldn't do such things. Oddly enough, the place still exists and that message is still there! http://www.tlakoc.org.uk/index.php?topic=10.0
Naturally, such things can be done, very easily, on Facebook, Twitter, et al. I remember someone being quite shocked when I told them that a private conversation on IRC wasn't anything like private and proved it, by getting IRCOP (Was it? Long time ago...) status.
I've always taken it as read that my e-mails, posts, everything could, if someone really wanted to, be read by someone else.
Now, there are ways of sending things that would make it nigh-on impossible for someone who intercepted them to find out what they are. But, the key, there, is "Nigh on".
All this talk about legislation to give governments the powers to read your stuff is a joke. It's already being done and, as far as I know, always has been. Not just by governments, either.
'course, there's so much data flying around, now, that they mostly won't bother with most of it.
Most of that, I, too, try to ram down people's throats. I use the analogy of standing on one side of the main thoroughfare in the city and having a
"private" conversation with your closest friend who is on the other side of the road, without the assistance of a phone.
What was the purpose of your forum, Katzy, looks like it is all but defunct, now.
It was for an online game, that my wife used to play.
Yeah, long dead, now, coz the game got silly.
People still drop in, occasionally, for a natter, behind the scenes.