Thursday, January 20, 2011

Privacy on the Internet

I am on both sides of Eric Schmidt's statement of, "If you have something that you don't want anyone to know, maybe you shouldn't be doing it in the first place."  

The side of me that contradicts thinks that it's not write at all because a person could be developing a new product and needs to keep it secret so that no one can steal your idea. Then there is the people that could be doing something illegal which makes his statement true.

I then look at the statement and think it can be related more to the internet by having it say, "If you have something that you don't want anyone to know, maybe you should't post it on the internet." In my eyes that seems to make more sense related to today's society. Social networking has become such a big part of us today that employers will look at Facebook when doing interviews of potential employees. This is why you should make sure to watch the types of things you are posting and keep your profile private from others to prevent any career problems cause of it.

I think that there is not much of a difference between secret and private because you will find the words interchanged with each other everyday. You say that your information is private but isn't that just keeping it a secret from others? I noticed that one other post shows definitions of both and mentions that they have almost the same meaning. To me this is very true because they are used to mean the same thing but just written a little differently like my example above.

I think with todays internet and technology today it is safe to say if you want to keep your private life private, don't post it all over the internet for everyone to see.

1 comment:

  1. Interesting points Justin. At first I was on both sides of the statement by Schmidt, but after thinking about it, I have to disagree with him for many reasons. Certain information should be kept private and off the Internet, not because of secrecy but because of safety.