Your Personal Information Is No Longer Yours

I found this video on the blog, thisgotmyattention, who reblogged it from renardmoreau.

We all know that Facebook collects mounds of data on its users. The more you post, the more info they get from you. But just how much they get is staggering. The video reveals to unfortunate Facebook users that not only are their posts and pictures stored in some giant virtual vault, but that even deleted posts are kept in that giant virtual vault. Nothing you erase can really be erased, and if someone wants to get to it and use it, they can. Facebook also stores information from your Facebook friends, too, including their locations as they send you messages!

So what does Facebook do with all that info? They won’t tell.

And what about Google? A few weeks ago I wrote a post about how Google can not only find your blog through searches (which isn’t bad), but finds all the comments you post on other people’s blogs as well (which is terrible). What’s worse, Google has linked itself with tons of other social networking sites, as well as many other websites in which you have to enter a password to access. Have you noticed that to get into certain sites, you can just enter your Google password? That’s an example. It’s dizzying to think how much information Google can amass through not only its own records on us, but through the records kept by all the sites it’s linked to.

Complicating matters even more is what the federal government is doing with our information through it’s spy programs that mercilessly mine through our internet data.

So what do we do? Should we just stop using the internet? Some have already come to this conclusion. But should we have to? Or do we have a right to use the Web without looking over our shoulders?


6 thoughts on “Your Personal Information Is No Longer Yours

  1. So what do we do? Stay informed, and balance your internet/social networking usage against the costs of privacy and other factors. For example, I recently switched my primary search engine from Google to Bing after the NSA revelations. Last year, I deleted my Facebook account after its privacy and terms-of-use policy changes (it was a liberating experience). The previous year, I deleted my Newsvine account in response to their blatantly self-serving content moderating practices. With all the options available to us, there’s no reason to feel obliged to patronize sites and services we find disagreeable.

    • I deleted my Facebook account a few years ago and it was VERY liberating indeed! Too much unnecessary information from too many people! But I have a love-hate relationship with Google because it really is the best search engine. But I’m definitely switching to Bing, even though Bing is kind of annoying.

      Your idea is definitely a good one.Thanks for the comment 🙂

  2. I have always believed anything I put on the web is there for the world to see forever. Is this right, i don’t think so but to give myself piece of mind that’s how I roll !

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