Web 2.0 Privacy Examined

The transition to Web 2.0 over the past few years has benefited a lot of people, services, and businesses. We are now more connected than we have ever been. This is making life, social networking, business, and communication far easier than it ever has been in the past.

Entire businesses and industries have sprung up from the adoption of Web 2.0 and this is definitely good for the internet and consumers in general. But there have been some problems associated with the Web 2.0 movement.

A recent article by Olan Ahern by the Resource for Security Executives, CSO, discusses one problem that has gotten worse since Web 2.0 began: privacy.

According to Olan “developments in social media and two-way communication channels such as Twitter, Facebook and YouTube, have made social privacy somewhat non-existent.” The privacy issue in today’s Web 2.0 dominated internet is new grounds for society in general. Never before has there been so much information so easily accessible about anyone who is active on the web.

What’s even scarier is the fact that Olan provides some statistics to back up his claim that privacy is a serious problem now. He found that “85 percent of businesses have experienced a data security breach” as one example. Any data breaches mean that people can gain access to the vast amount of private data that are kept on servers at these companies.

There is certainly a great deal more work to be done in the privacy area of the net. Companies and individuals need to be aware that as we continually become more connected that our information does as well. Taking steps to secure your private information is important.

For advice about handling your private information online, take a look at the Electronic Frontier Foundation’s list of 12 ways to protect your privacy. It can’t hurt to become a little more informed, especially as we continue to share more and more information on the web.

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