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Commissioner's Survey Says...Be Aware

SOCIAL NETWORKING—NEW ZEALAND

May 3, 2010

According to a Privacy Commission survey, almost half of New Zealanders now have an online profile, up 32 percent from last June, reports the New Zealand Herald. The increase sparks concern about users' privacy. The study found that 57 percent of respondents consider social networks to be mostly private spaces, the report states. Privacy Commissioner Marie Shroff told the Herald that a high percentage of the users are children who "can and do give away a lot of information about themselves, without necessarily being aware of the consequences." She warned, "[Children] can risk themselves and their families by revealing personal and intimate information, which enables harms such as identity crime, stalking, text bullying and invasion of privacy in various ways."
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