Making the Private Public
SOCIAL NETWORKING—U.S.June 2, 2010
The San Francisco Chronicle reports on how the tangled webs of friends, family and associates in the social networking world often reveal information that many of us would rather be kept private. "As the lines between private and public blur, many social network users are actively monitoring and managing their online reputations," the report states. Some experts caution that those embarrassing posts by high school friends are the least of our worries, noting that the information we disclose creates a trail of digital footprints for advertisers, employers, landlords and law enforcement to follow. In an effort to address some of these issues, draft privacy legislation has been proposed by Rep. Rick Boucher (D-VA), with public comment being accepted through June 4.