Nothing Private About Facebook
Wired Magazine’s GeekDad blog has an excellent post on personal data and privacy (or more importantly lack thereof) on Facebook:
[D]ata is what you put in the computer, that goes to the internet and either gets lost or sold. That is what data is. It’s inevitable and a side effect of doing business on the internet. It’s also a side effect of doing pleasure on the internet, and that is where the adjective “personal” comes in. So what exactly is “personal” on the internet? Well, that’s easy. Nothing. Not a damn thing. You may think it is, but it isn’t. That’s not just paranoia talking – someone, somewhere has access to your personal data. From the I.T. guys running the bank servers, to the advertisers buying it from your email client, to Facebook opening it up for the world to see.
Don’t even get me started on privacy. It’s the internet. Not a shrinks office. Though that’s debatable sometimes.
Bottom line according to GeekDad? [Y]ou should only put data on the internet that you are comfortable with being shared, viewed or sold by people that are not you.