Today is Data Privacy Day 2009 - 'Be Careful What You Post!"

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Real Estate Broker with Keller Williams West Sound Realty

This morning over on TechCrunch, Erik Schonfeld reminds us that today is "Data Privacy Day 2009" and exhorts subscribers on the inherent dangers of disclosing one's private information in exchange for participation in social media.

As a Community Builder here on ActiveRain, one of the constant issues of concern that I field through our Help Desk Ticket System is over thoughtless comments or inappropriate information recklessly published on our platform, and the often times difficult challenges of getting those comments/information removed in a timely fashion.

Even when we manually remove this information from our network, it can still take additional time for the search engines to update their systems, and for the data to eventually disappear. All the while, such words remain dangerously exposed to the entire world.

In today's 'litigation-happy' 'lawsuit-frenzied' society, we need to exercise exceptional care and caution in what information we publish to the digital record. Whenever legal proceedings ensue, court-ordered confiscation of computers is typically one of the first actions pursued, followed by a tracing of digital footprints, i.e. e-mails, browsing habits, and social media involvements.

The new-found cash cow for 'ambulance chasers' is the unauthorized use of copyrighted images/pictures. There are "professional" photographers who upload literally thousands of photos to the Internet, and then lie in wait, hoping for some unsuspectiing 'rube' to come along and copy/paste them to their blog/website. Shortly thereafter, an invoice from their legal counsel shows up in your mailbox to the tune of several thousand dollars!

In addition, being 'too' transparent with your personal information on social networks can open you up  to phishers, scammers, and identity thieves.

May "Data Privacy Day 2009" remind us to think twice about what we contribute to the digital archives, and that our words/actions can have a very long and lasting impact.

 

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Teri Ellis at Homes Arizona Real Estate LLC

Rich, right on! Isn't it too bad that grownups have to be told that what they write on the internet, is out there? We tell our children, but what about the adults?

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January 30, 2009 06:52 AM
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Joan Whitebook
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There a lots of PI's searching the internet -- My friend and I have found out a lot about a potential "beau" by searching the internet -- having only a couple of clues to start with.  Be careful out there.

January 30, 2009 09:57 PM
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Fran Gaspari
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Rich,

Thanks for the reminder! We need to err on the side of caution and be blogging carefully...!!! Thanks,   Fran

January 30, 2009 10:05 PM
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Evelyn Johnston
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WOW!  I didn't even know there was such a day.  It's kind of scary don't you think?

January 31, 2009 04:13 PM
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Dorie Dillard
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Thank you for reminding us. Fran is right we do need to air on the side of caution!

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