It seems a bit daunting, thinking about how much control we have, over our online profiles. And, in fact it is. How do we know where our uploaded information is stored? Once we’ve uploaded photos online, are they still ours? Or are they owned by someone else? Can anyone have access to these photos? There has been some talk in the media of these theories, regarding media ownership, regulation and control, and because our online profiles are growing at such a rapidly fast pace, we may be burying ourselves deep underneath our true perception of what “control” is.
Every time we make an online account we are given a ‘Terms and Conditions’ outline which usually contains an agreement of you either accepting/rejecting the rules of the service. I know when I think of ‘Terms and Conditions’, the first thing that pops up into my head is ‘that boring page that no-one reads and you scroll right down and click yes at the end…’. Sound about right? Yea I thought so.
Scarily enough, every single time you have clicked yes, you have most likely agreed to some sort of organisation owning your photos, videos, heck, whatever you have since uploaded onto this social media platform!!! What I’m saying is that YES, Facebook owns every single image/status you have put up – YES, Instagram can literally see where around the world you are when you are uploading, and have rights to know this (kind of creepy really) – AND YES, every single just-woken-up (horrible) selfie you have sent on Snapchat, is owned by someone else! So therefore, this example is the absolute least of your worries…
People talk about “Privacy being dead” amongst our social media profiles, however is this really true? Facebook, Instagram, Twitter- they know everything about you, however the world is still turning. This may be because people aren’t aware of who is in the know of their personal information… or it could also just be because they really don’t care at all about companies and the government knowing all about their private life. Technology and social media platforms are growing so quickly, that users are finding it difficult to keep up and be in the know of what’s kept where. The trend of ‘not caring’ has definitely caught on.
Honestly I think that personal data is worth protecting! Not only because there are millions of possible serial killer’s around the globe who can easily find detailed information about you, but also because once it’s up there in this invisible world called “The Internet”, we really aren’t sure where it goes… Surely it can’t just vanish?