Privacy Policies

6 Dec

Online privacy is a hot topic as of late. Privacy policies are continually changing and it can be a very confusing and disconcerting for individuals who want to participate on social media sites and other online forums but fear breaches in their privacy. The two sides of the debate are that we are protected enough by the policies and laws put forth by the government and the other side stating that our privacy is not protected enough and the government needs to step in more to deal with it.

Privacy is Adequately Protected

Bills and laws have been developed and passed specifically to protect privacy. Most recently Bill C51 was put through which controls who has access to information online and ensures that only people with correct authorization are able to use the information. It also acts as a standard for ensuring that information is not being misused outside of the guidelines. Bill C52 states that only under certain circumstances can your data and information be legally obtained. The personal information protection act covers accountability, consent, limits use and then destruction of information after it has been used for the original purpose, accuracy safeguards, identifying purpose of data, and limiting collection. These laws and bill protect our privacy and it is up to individuals to ensure that websites they are using have adequate privacy policies.

Privacy is not Adequately Protected

The Internet has radically changed the world of information. It has become increasingly difficult to protect people, as most information is now found online. Users feel they need more protection and this has lead to companies such as Google to revise their privacy policy. Google changed the way they store information and edited the wording of the policy so that it is easier to understand. Because the Internet is a global community, there are concerns with the fact that there are differing privacy laws depending on the country. Users feel there needs to be more protection across all countries to ensure information is protected on at least some basic level all around the world. The right for users to have ownership of information in emails and online accounts is forefront in the debate.

My Conclusion

I believe that users of the Internet need to be more accountable for protecting their own privacy. Individuals need to self-monitor the information that they put online keeping in mind the ramifications should that information be obtained and used illegally. Hackers are constantly just looking for loopholes and if you are putting the information out there, it is available for them to grab. Obviously government does need to have a firm stance on keeping peoples information private. With the online world changing so rapidly, these laws and regulations need to be constantly updated to ensure they are effective. Privacy policies need to be made more transparent and written in language that is easy to understand. And it is up to individuals to be aware of what their rights are and what information is not protected. In the end, it is best to limit the amount of personal information you post online.

 

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