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Online Privacy: Has Facebook Changed our Expectations?

Do we need to change our expectations about online privacy?

Social Media has become such a prominent aspect of contemporary society and the issue of how our privacy is respected is a big concern to many people.

Facebook in particular has received heavy criticism regarding its privacy policy but as their global dominance is as strong as ever, this doesn’t seem to be discouraging people from using the social network. Facebook encourages us to share as much information as possible with as many people as possible and whilst it has made some changes to the site to give us more control, users are still a long way away from having total control over their online privacy.

So what are your thoughts? Are our expectations becoming more lenient towards the availability of our personal information or is demand growing for services and features that give us control over our lives?

Well, both points can be argued equally it seems. Whilst Facebook is growing at an extraordinary rate, the media attention generated by their controversial stance on privacy has even prompted the creation of an alternative social network called Diaspora.

Diaspora is said to be a response to the Facebook privacy crisis over the summer. The site was started by four University students and could be a great answer to the privacy issue as it prides itself on choice, ownership and simplicity. The idea is that you chose who see’s your information, you own your pictures and it is made very simple to change your privacy settings and is “inherently private”.

Whilst this new social network is not expected to dent Facebook’s incredible success it does prompt my original question: Do we need to change our expectations about online privacy or is there an alternative?

I will let you make your own opinion on this subject and would love to hear your thoughts.
Personally, I don’t like the fact I don’t have ownership over my own pictures and find Diaspora an interesting project, unfortunately I can’t see it ever threatening Facebook’s domination but maybe it could prompt them to revisit their stance on privacy.

Thanks for reading,
Let me know your thoughts,
DB :)

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