Internet Privacy

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Internet Privacy
Derrick Farquhar
Baker College of Port Huron

Internet Privacy
In today's society, privacy is a thing of the past. Anything you need to know, you can find on the Internet. According to Facebook founder Mark Zukerberg, “The rise of social networking online means that people no longer have an expectation of privacy. Privacy is no longer a social norm. People have really gotten comfortable not only sharing more information and different kinds, but more openly and with more people” (Johnson, 2010). Internet privacy or information privacy is a coveted social norm.

Many people use the Internet daily for work, communication, and personal reasons. There is a sense of false security for individuals on the Internet. Information is being sent globally in a matter of seconds, so how can you believe that your information is safe? Why would you want to put any information on the Internet at all? Knowing simple facts, like which activities reveal personal information, how others get information, and ways to safeguard privacy, may help average computer users stay safe and help keep personal information private.

According to the Privacy Rights Clearinghouse, “The Internet enables us to improve communication, erase physical barriers, and expand our education. Its absorption into our society has been extraordinary” (2009). People are under the illusion that they can keep in touch with others from around the globe, while still remaining private. Internet privacy is the belief that you are safe in revealing certain personal information to certain people. According to Thomas Van Dyke, author at the International Journal of Security and Privacy, “Individuals are willing to participate in diverse activities online -- from e-mailing friends and looking up personal medical information to purchasing a wide variety of goods and services. While consumers benefit from their activities online, businesses also benefit from information...
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