I disagree with Google CEO Eric Schmidt's quote, "If you have something that you dont't want anyone to know, maybe you shouldn't be doing it in the first place." Everyone is entitled to have their privacy, and people should be wise enough if they don't want their information to be public, then they need to watch what they post online.
The other night I was watching "The Facebook Obsession" on CNBC and it was based on how Facebook has changed people's lives either for the better or for worse. This one lady was a high school teacher, and she had come home and posted a Facebook status about the parents of her students. The teacher didn't realize that her status was public and that anyone that had a Facebook could see her status. She hadn't checked her privacy settings so she didn't know it was set that all Facebook users could view her profile. She ended up losing her job over it, and felt that Facebook had ruined her entire life.
I think there is a difference between something being private, and something being secret. For example, teachers have tehir private lives that they wouldn't want their students or parents of those students to know about. That's their private personal life, and its their business. If a teacher chooses to put his or her personal life on the web, than they have to deal with the consquences that will occur if others see this information. I think that when the internet loosens the privacy setting, everyone needs to reevaluate what they are posting on the web. I have had friends that have lost jobs, or haven't been hired because of things that were posted on their Facebook. College coaches search student- athletes Facebooks to see if they are engaging in any activities that aren't allowed.
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Overall, I think that the web has evolved a lot over the years, and it has been for the better. I think that people need to double check what their posting on the web before they actually post it. It is a lot easier for people to access information on others through the internet and in some cases it could result in causing major problems for the person who had posted the material. I don't think its reasonable for users to blame the internet for problems that occur due to things they have posted, I think that they need to take some responsiblity for their own actions and realize the consquences before they post something. If you post something that could "ruin your life", then chances are it shouldn't have be posted on the web anyways.
This story about the Facebook privacy settings really caught my eye and I thought it was interesting: http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424052702304772804575558484075236968.html
What do you think about the privacy settings online? Do you agree that people should watch what they post online? Or do you thinhk that the privacy settings need to be set higher and have more restrictions to certain viewers?