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

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Real Estate Agent 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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Hi Rich- I've always felt people are too free with their personal information online.  Now I'm going to shock you.  When I signed on to the December Radio Show I had to provide personal information which included my birth date.  There was no option to disregard that portion.  The shocking news is that I was born in the late 1800's, whatever the earliest year was ~ I chose it, not bad for 120 something!!! HAHAHAHA. 

January 28, 2009 03:31 PM
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Lee & Pamela St. Peter
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I am still amazed how much information can be found out about someone online with really very little effort.  I think it would be easier to go undercover in the world than online!  Rich about those photographers lying in wait - that's just plain nasty.

Your Raleigh Realtors

January 28, 2009 03:50 PM
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Connie Harvey
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Rich, after all the discussion several months ago about copywrite issues, if I can't take my own photo, I'm using clipart!

January 28, 2009 06:07 PM
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Marilyn Katz
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Connie- watch out.  Clipart is also covered by copyright, unless purchased or specifically allowed.  The only difference is I don't think there's a sting operation set to trap its users - Yet.

January 28, 2009 06:47 PM
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Jeff R. Geoghan
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Now that registrations are coming back into vogue at many real estate websites, there will be a lot of new consumer data floating around to be abused. 

January 28, 2009 08:36 PM
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Lane Bailey
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I'll just go ahead and say out loud that I allow attributed use of my images on Flickr. 

January 28, 2009 09:57 PM
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Eileen Begley
Monterey Real Estate
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You are right about being careful. Even if you take it down, it's still going to be out there forever!

January 28, 2009 11:30 PM
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Rich Jacobson
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Lane:   Wasn't that an old TV show? My Friend, Flickr?...no, hold it, ...that was Flicker... Never mind!

January 29, 2009 01:04 AM
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Patty Luther
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flicka

kinda sad those ambulance chasers as you call them... patty 

January 29, 2009 01:10 AM
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Kris Wales
Real Estate Blog & Homes for Sale search site, Macomb County MI
Keller Williams Realty - Lakeside Market Center

There also should be a "If you can't say something nice about your client don't say anything at all.." day. People rant and rave way too much about things they have no business talking about, let alone putting out there for all the search engines to find.

I hope this year won't be the year of Litigation Lottery.

 

January 29, 2009 06:22 AM
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Barb Szabo, CRS
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Rich, As a parent I am constantly talking to my daughter about the dangers of texting, emailing, etc because it all can be so easily circulated, and so often to the wrong people. I think most teens have more experience in this area than many adults. Still we all make mistakes so it's best to proceed with caution when we choose the words that all the world can see.

January 29, 2009 07:10 AM
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Bruce & Mary Smith
REALTORS, Savannah Lakes Village McCormick SC
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Rich -Thanks for the reminder about giving too much personal information.  The copyright issue has always been an important one but it has never been enforced like it is now with the current technologies.  Thanks!

January 29, 2009 07:16 AM
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Jeremy Blanton
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Rich, this is so very true...they just hide in the bushes and watch.  Waiting for someone to prey on!

January 29, 2009 07:48 AM
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Russell Lewis
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Realty Austin, Austin Texas Real Estate

Wow...I know that there are many things to be aware of but the ambulance chasers in the form of pictures was an eye opener. The majority of my pictures have been taken by me since meeting you and Brad at ReBar camp! Thanks again!

January 29, 2009 09:00 AM
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Esko Kiuru

Rich,

This is such a huge issue that can never be emphasized enough. One innocent careless slip on the Internet can lead to a truckload of trouble, unfortunately.

January 29, 2009 06:27 PM
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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?

Pepper

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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Patriot Land Transfer, Inc.

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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Elkhart County Subdivisions, LLC

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
Realtor-Canyon Creek- NW, Austin TX Homes For Sale
Coldwell Banker United Realtors

Thank you for reminding us. Fran is right we do need to air on the side of caution!

February 02, 2009 07:12 AM
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