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“Kids are fighting and I need to go with my peace armaments!” This was a recent Tweet from Shahrukh Khan, Bollywood’s iconic superstar, where he shared what is happening in his living room with his 275480 followers!

So is the term privacy fading with the growing intimacy brought in by Social Media?

There are people who wake up in the morning to tweet before they brush their teeth! The advantages of accessibility of Social Media networks and the need to be present at those common platforms all the while is fast becoming a habit for an increasing number of people. You do not need a laptop to send an update when you have a smartphone and if not that, then too, you can use text messaging to do so… it can’t get simpler than that.

So with all these facilities available, the world of conversations, ideas, news and views has shrunk into140 character updates on  Twitter,  and status updates on Facebook and other social networks. While these networks have numerous uses and benefits, there are human factors like addiction and interference which makes things ugly. Imagine having a shrewd friend whom you can’t avoid adding on your account (I am sure all of us can name quite a few such people in our accounts). Now whenever you have a post on your wall, you will have them view it too even if you know it could be disastrous!

Another disastrous situation could be you discussing your work problems and someone from your workplace (again added out of courtesy) or even your boss finds it there! I need not elaborate what the consequences could be! And cases of people getting fired from jobs in corporate and politics are becoming legion.

So  While the  power of social media has brought a lot of sharing among people… there is a case for creating your personal code for  privacy, especially when over a million eyes are watching!


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World Wide Web is a complex network and there is no easy way to figure out if privacy ensures is privacy provided. According to a recent article on ABC news, banks are extracting data like personal information, status updates, posts by other users etc from Social Media sites and archiving it.

These Social Media sites allow a detailed view into the personal lives of people which can also reflect someone’s financial condition, on the basis of which bank credits could be denied. The banks can also use this information as security checks in case of lost cards, personal identification numbers and other cases where identification is an issue. It is indeed alarming and certainly not in good taste as nobody would like to be asked a personal question as an identification subject which has not been provided by him to the bank.

Companies like RapLeaf do the unethical job of providing client information to banks from social sites like Facebook, Twitter or Linkedin. But we believe its the bank that goes for it to be considered the main wrongdoer in all of this.

This also calls for a better security set up to be adopted by the Social Media websites in order to protect the privacy of its users and not allow any company like Rapleaf attain access to the secured data on the web.

The bottom-line is that Social Media is a boon for individuals and companies to communicate, expand their network and more but it is advisable to place only that information around the web which can be of no harm to you if leaked.

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