Monday, May 13, 2013

Choose Privacy Month

Wow, it's been a while since we've posted here! Life has been busy at the DHS Library Media Center. Research papers and projects have brought many classes to the LMC, and annual weeding efforts have resulted in more time in the stacks and less time at the circulation desk : )

During the month of May, we are celebrating "Choose Privacy" Month. This is a time to reflect on our actions and (in)actions regarding personal information available online about us. What can the world see if they find you on Facebook? How much information is available on your Twitter profile? What do your online shopping preferences say to vendors like Target and iTunes? If they can accurately predict what you'd like to buy next, how much information do they know about you?

These are things to consider during Choose Privacy Month. While there is no straight-forward answer as to just how much information is the right amount, the hope is that you will be able to choose what you'd like the online world to know about you. Be careful with what you share, and make sure you choose settings to protect your identity.

"Someone is watching your every move. Financial transactions, communications records, media consumption, social networking, and GPS locations are all tracked. But we can't often tell by whom. Information should go both ways, or not at all."

Find out more at ChoosePrivacyWeek.org

~ Mrs. Z