If your friends are like mine you’ve heard them complain all year-long that we’ve lost our private lives, sacrificing anonymity in the interest of advertising data. Since the beginning of 2010 we’ve heard public figures and friends alike suggest it’s time to quit social media. Culminating with the FTC’s policy recommendations about internet privacy, 2010 has been another marque year for privacy advocates.
Yet the internet has opened up new windows of insight into each others’ lives, connecting us closer with our friends and sometimes revealing new aspects of our personality between friends. Often these ideas are shared in public channels, opening individuals to new connections, although others prefer to keep there information between friends alone. For years there has been a backlash to protect privacy on the internet, but is an open medium paid for with advertising dollars ever truly private? (more…)