I’m doing this week’s readings early, as I know for a fact I will forget to do this next week during Thanksgiving.
That said, DATA PRIVACY! Wheee! The first article talks about employers asking for your Facebook password. The simple answer for me is no. Or, more politely, along the lines of the first suggestion it offers, “please feel free to look at the public page the way it stands now.”
This gets me feeling like a sticky wicket. On one hand, as a social media marketer, my goal should be to bring the entire company into lockstep for the public face. That said, I really don’t want to work for Big Brother, and I would probably sue my employer for wrongful termination if they fired me based on what I said on my private page to a privately controlled group of people. Obviously public messages are a different story, but what I say in the “privacy” of my page should remain that way. The same way that a man with a window can add blinds to increase his privacy.
It occurs to me that Freedom of Speech plays into this as well, if an employer accesses my account and sees that I am a member of the private group “BUNNIES SHOULD BE EATEN!!!!” and the employer has a rabbit, was I not hired based on my beliefs?
The second article ties in more with the reading from last (two weeks) ago, with data aggregation. With so much available online about someone, how do we keep that information secure, and used properly? The Personal Data vault they suggest is a good start, but creeps me out.
A Wired article released the day of me writing this makes me increasingly nervous about my online data. Having been a victim of identity theft (it’s always fun to be woken up by Feds asking if I bought fertilizer in New York 12 hours earlier), I’ve been paying closer attention to what is online about me. I’ve actually bought a “burn phone” in cash that I use for both password recovery and as part of my passwords (10 digit phone numbers are a great addition to a password if it’s a number impossible to trace to you).
Questions for the reader:
1. Are you worried about a boss asking for your social media?
2. Are you worried about/taking steps to prevent your identity ending up online in a bad way?