Cybersafety - Respecting Privacy - Glasshouse Christian College

Cybersafety – Respecting Privacy

  • February 19, 2013

There is no doubt that our concept of privacy is continually evolving and it may seem as though much of what we used to call private, is acted out in public. We still, however, make the decision about what personal information we share about ourselves and others, and with whom we share it.It is more difficult to control what personal information others share about us, but there are a few steps we can take to protect ourselves:
Read the privacy policy – every website, program, app and subscription you use will have a privacy policy outlining what information will be collected, how it will be stored, what it will be used for and if it will be shared. These policies will also indicate the privacy options you have at your disposal and it is important to use these privacy settings. If you aren’t happy with the privacy policy, you can lobby for change or take your business elsewhere.
Think carefully about whom you provide access to – only people you know and trust should be given access to your personal information. This means only adding as friends, contacts or buddies, people that you believe will respect your privacy.
Search yourself online – if you want to see how much personal information is available online about you, search your name in search engines such as Bing, Google and Pipl.
Natalie Woolston

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