I think that this is a good question, so I’m going to address it.
Not to be cliché, I think that times have changed. Because of the changing means of communication, the very definition of privacy is evolving, and I don’t quite think it’s been fully resolved yet. I’m sure that everyone’s got their opinions, from people like this one to those who want to go live in the woods so that they’re completely safe from the World Wide Web. I’m not going to get into that–I don’t think it is a particularly productive way of addressing the issue. As far as I’m concerned, it comes down to personal accountability. No one is forcing you to post every little detail about your life, and you have a choice to use sites, such as Facebook and Amazon, that ask for your personal information. Everyone, to an extent, has a choice about the submission of content to the web. Now, what I think that might mean is that you should think more carefully about what you put on the web, and I think people do not always want to do that.
What I think is that there are probably more ways for people to take advantage of you, or to steal your information, or for things to go viral. Being aware of security risks can help you. Also, it’s important to know how services such as Facebook and Amazon use your information, and you can check out the privacy policies to make sure the site does what you expect. However, I think that commercial enterprises and greed are currently doing a lot of the decision-making in terms of privacy policies and decisions. The deferral to these companies is very dangerous, and people should be able to determine their own privacy settings. The Internet is still a largely uncharted territory, and we all should all be part of the discussion on privacy and should be able to do what we are most comfortable with.