Thursday, February 16, 2017

Private Isn't Private

This morning I came across an article in the Washington Post, "The New Political Battleground: Your Restaurant Receipt." The topic of the article isn't my point (everything in DC is a "new political battle ground", ugh!)  but this quote from the restaurant owner got my attention:

"...isn't sure who shared the image with the media after his wife posted a photo of the receipt to her private Facebook page. But it's been difficult for his business ever since."

How can anyone possibly think anything posted any where online is private?  Even if something is marked private, anyone with a tiny bit of computer skills can take a screen shot and repost.  If you read any news at all, you often find quotes and pictures pulled off of Facebook and other social media sites.  Journalists don't have to work hard anymore to get a source or an actual quote - it's all out there.

This is not a rant about the state of privacy and the impact of social media.  I like sharing pictures and seeing the adventures and families of my extended network of friends.  I like making connections that can help the world in any small way.  I like having a place to write.

But please, please, please  stop and think before you hit "post."

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