Who Own’s Your Online Profile? – Do you really know?

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…

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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?

References:

http://lifehacker.com/5904966/why-you-should-care-about-and-defend-your-privacy
http://blog.140proof.com/page/2

3 thoughts on “Who Own’s Your Online Profile? – Do you really know?

  1. I really like the points you bring up within this particular post and I totally agree with them.
    Another side of this argument however is the fact that we are the ones pressing agree on that terms and conditions page (although annoying, is under our control). Collecting and releasing personal data although personally is bad and can turn up anywhere, can in turn be extremely helpful. For example police and other emergencies are able to locate ‘missing people’ and put a stop to suicides in some cases, through be able to retrieve content and personal data.
    Recently content has been released through a ‘Whisper app’ when a person presented information that they were going to harm themselves, the whisper community was in uproar about the seemingly ‘anonymous’ claims which it has now proved not to be. Thus, whisper was forced to amend its privacy contract and state ‘There may be situations where we may need to disclose the information we may have about you for the greater good, such as if we see suicidal statements or statements that involve the intent to harm oneself or others, or learn information about missing children, or threats to the community’ with this alone, i believe that the media does have the right to control privacy, due to your consent being given first.

    LEVI PULKKINEN, P-I REPORTER. 2008. Using cell phones to find missing persons pushes law. [ONLINE] Available at: http://www.seattlepi.com/local/article/Using-cell-phones-to-find-missing-persons-pushes-1272414.php. [Accessed 09 April 15].

    Whisper . 2015. Whisper. [ONLINE] Available at: https://whisper.sh/privacy. [Accessed 09 April 15].

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    1. Hi Jade,
      Thanks for your feedback! I have taken in what you have mentioned about the other side of this argument and am very interested. You have highlighted a very valid point. I am interested in your blog and will definitely check it out! Charlotte.

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