Privacy on internet

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According to Wikipedia, privacy is the ability of an individual or group to control the flow of information about themselves and thereby reveal themselves selectively. The boundaries and content of what is considered private differs between cultures and individuals, but shares basic common themes. Privacy is sometimes related to anonimity, the wish to remain unnoticed in the public realm. When something is private to a person, it usually means there is something within them that is considered inherently special or personally sensitive. The degree to which private information is exposed therefore depends on how the public will receive this information, which differs between places and over time. Privacy can be seen as an aspect of security.

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Those concerned about Internet privacy often cite a number of privacy risks — events that can compromise privacy — which one may encounter through Internet use. Unfortunately, given the complexity of Internet privacy, many people do not understand the issues. Therefore this section covers not only “real” privacy risk, but also risks perceived as overemphasized. As an example for the complex issue of Privacy web site owners could decode your emails or computer Internet History, which is a breach of the user’s privacy.

Privacy measures are provided on several, if not all, social networking sites. On Facebook for example, a site especially popular among teens, privacy settings are available for all registered users. The utilization of these settings is simple and quick, although their availability is not always taken advantage of. The settings available on Facebook include the ability to block certain individuals from seeing your profile, the ability to choose your “friends,” and the ability to limit who has access to your pictures and videos. Privacy settings are also available on other social networking sites such as E-harmony and Myspace. It is the user’s responsibility to apply the settings when providing personal information and pictures on the internet.

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~ by Morgane COM on November 27, 2007.

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