Social media and privacy are not incompatible (it just seems that way)

Facebook, Twitter, Linked In, Google, and your cell phone -- everybody wants to have their way with your data. It's time to get serious about privacy.

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That's not even including the external privacy threats. Schools using Web cams to spy on students. Police using suspects' own cell phones to track them without a warrant. The NSA vacuuming up all your Internet data to figure out if you're a terrorist or just a little tweaked. Don't we already have enough to worry about without putting our privates on display across the InterWebs?

I could go on like this all day.

I'm not saying you shouldn't use social media. I'm saying you should use it intelligently. More important, you should fight for the right to control the information you generate, and that others generate about you. Nobody is going to just hand this stuff over to you, not when there are billions of dollars at stake.

Enough whining. Over the next few weeks and months I'll touch on all these topics and more. In the meantime, I hope you'll come back, leave a comment or two, email me questions, or pick a fight.

And... thank you for not sharing.

Dan Tynan has been writing about Internet privacy for the last 3,247 years. He wrote a book on the topic for O'Reilly Media (Computer Privacy Annoyances, now available for only $15.56 at Amazon – order yours today). During his spare time he gently tends eSarcasm, the not-yet-award-winning geek humor site .

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