Is Complete Privacy Really Such An Obvious Answer For The Facebook Scandal?

It’s been a hard year for Facebook. The social media giant has come under continual barrages for sharing information with third parties, and even monitoring unknowing users. Founder Mark Zuckerberg went to trial over the Cambridge Analytica scandal and  is currently on a European ‘apology’ tour, which is fast getting out of hand. Head to articles like this one on www.cnbc.com to see just how wrong things are going for him. It’d be fair to say the guy is NOT having a good year.

It should come as no surprise that many are turning away from social media. Of course, there have always been concerns over security here. But, this social media mayhem has revealed that breaches and broken trust are much worse than we could have imagined. The Cambridge Analytica scandal has shown that even our political standings have been compromised. And, that’s far from the only accusation Facebook has had to deal with. In fact, the attention brought by this case has only revealed more and more worrying behavior from our favorite social platform.

Even those who have decided to keep accounts active are crying for change. Reasonably, we want private access to our information, even if we do keep using social media. After all, why should the two be exclusive? Have we not the right to connect with the world and retain our privacy?

Seemingly not in 2018, though the high profile of the case can only help work towards that goal. But, to say this is a clear-cut issue would be to simplify things. While no one can deny the WAY information has been shared is wrong, complete privacy may not be all it’s cracked up to be. After all, have we not all cried out in the past for harmful posts and such to be monitored and removed?

Occasionally, a shocking post comes to the fore, with most claiming it should have never been allowed. And, while the ways in which police can use Facebook are currently muddy, many claim statuses which contain racial slurs or violent threats should be brought to justice. In fact, police have come under fire for failing to act on seemingly threatening online posts.

So, where do we draw the line with shared information? If, for instance, Facebook gives users complete privacy, police would be unable to take action without facing accusations of false arrest. You can find out more from duffylawct.com about what that would mean. In short, though, it’d make convictions harder to come by, as arrests social media wouldn’t stand up in court.

It seems, then, that we have to compromise somewhere. And, Facebook undeniably does, too. Perhaps we need to consider the nature of information shared. For instance, personal details passed on to companies are an obvious dud point. But, perhaps worrying posts which reveal criminal activity should be left in the public domain. One thing’s sure; matters of privacy online need to change if we’re ever to gain our faith back in this Facebook age.

About Will Chatham

Will Chatham is the Security Assessment Engineer for Arbor Networks. Since Netscape 2.0, he has worked in a wide array of environments including non-profit, corporate, small business, and government. He started as a web developer, moved into Linux system administration, and ultimately found his place as a security professional. Having most recently conquered the OSCP certification, Will continues to hack his way into various things in an effort to make them more secure.
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