Privacy: is this necessary?

In today’s digital world, one of the main concerns of users is privacy. Is maintaining privacy still an ethical practice in today’s society with amount of social media platforms available, or is this not deemed important/necessary any more? Here’s are some key points to consider for both sides:

Against Privacy

Many people, specifically Mark Zuckerberg (the owner of Facebook) claim that “online privacy is no longer the ‘social norm’ [and that] people are more comfortable now to share information on the internet” (Thomas, 2010). Others also argue that the use of personal information may be used for data research or medical research. Marketers may also use this information to determine needs of consumers and to target new ones. Some may also believe that the laws and bills that are passed should be able to benefit everyone that need information.

The Personal Information Protection and Electronic Documents Act outline (PIPEDA) 10 principles regarding Privacy under Canadian standards:

  1. Accountability
  2. Identifying Purposes
  3. Consent
  4. Limiting Collection
  5. Limiting use, disclosure, and retention
  6. Accuracy
  7. Safeguards
  8. Openness
  9. Individual Access
  10. Challenging Compliance

The full descriptions of each one are available here
For Privacy

Privacy is a main concern for other users of the internet. There may be other misconceptions of social media platforms such as Facebook; users need to know their right and the company rights because many users are not aware that any information that goes on Facebook is allowed to be used by Facebook (as an example). One may think that privacy settings are set in place to release only wanted information and hide other types of information from specific users, but they do not know that Facebook has the right to use them. Any user of the internet who is concerned about their personal privacy should be extremely careful about the information they disclose, including one’s name. Privacy is also important to users because of potential safety and protection risks.

The Privacy Act is available to view here.

Conclusion

I believe that privacy is important and that each individual does have their own right to privacy. It is also all users’ responsibility to monitor themselves in what they post for the world to see; in addition, users should be very careful and should have full knowledge of the different platforms they will get involved with. There are also  a number of hackers that will try to find any sort of loop holes to generate information they want. It is up to users to do their own due diligence with this matter.

References

Department of Justice. (2011). Principles set out in the National Standards of Canada. Retrieved from http://laws-lois.justice.gc.ca/eng/acts/P-8.6/page-19.html#h-25

Department of Justice. (2012). Privacy Act. Retrieved from http://laws-lois.justice.gc.ca/eng/acts/P-21/index.html

Thomas, Benny. (2010). Online privacy, is it still a necessity?. Retrieved December 5, 2012, from http://www.siliconindia.com/shownews/Online_privacy_is_it_still_a_necessity-nid-64705-cid-2.html

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