Social networking websites and, the right to maintain the privacy here are strikingly contradictory concepts. The basic point of social networking is nothing but putting your life, your thoughts, your ideas online to share with everyone, connected by the digital networking. Therefore, the right to have privacy sounds pretty contrasting, once you are on board in the digital networking world.
With a growing use of social networking websites among the youths, it is commonly believed that one can write whatever he/she wants to about anyone. And thus the offensive acts like damaging one’s reputation or defamation, identity theft, unintentional fame, hacking, online stalking and misuse of personal information come into existence. Because of these legal loopholes and defamation acts, some legal lines have been created to keep the cyber crimes at bay and maintaining the privacy.
The sole purpose of using social networking sites has been always to connect with more people, irrespective of known and unknown. While sharing private photos or videos with the intended group, one is giving access to the data to the networking sites as well. While sharing some private pictures is fine with your close friends, you do not want the world to see them, right! And similarly, you obviously don’t want the other persons to know about your private messages and passwords.
Though there were not enough terms and conditions to protect the social networking sites users. However, from the year 2013 onwards, the priority of the lawmakers has shifted from getting total access to information to protecting and maintaining the privacy of that information. Almost in every nation, steps are being taken to protect individual’s information on the social networking websites. Social networking sites are now aware of the drawbacks of mishandling of information and defamation. In India, an insurance called “Media Liability” can help you out with costs in case of any online and offline act of defamation.
Still, there are a variety of privacy levels that are offered by the networking sites. Some social websites encourage providing genuine data to promote a trustworthy networking concept. However, on the other hand, there are plenty of sites that do not bother whether the information provided are fake or original, thus giving rise to more potential online dangers, exposing user’s privacy.
It is best to follow a few precaution to maintain the secrecy of your information, like not disclosing sensitive data online, never sharing your passwords or pin numbers with anyone on social networking sites that is not secured and avoid sharing details or photos with strangers. Though it is vital for the social networking sites to maintain your right to privacy, there is no harm on your side to follow few safety guidelines.
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