Most of us are active on social media for various reasons. Some of us like to catch up with our friends, some like to be updated on the happenings around the world, and some just like to use it in our free time. Hundreds of thousands of new social platforms have emerged after the popularity of a few.
It has almost become mandatory to be active on social media. People of all age groups are posting their photos, their trivial details, and sometimes even about the most nonsensical events on social media. This explosion in the use of social media has also given rise to some threats to our privacy. With our private information and all the trivial details being on the internet, available to almost anyone on this planet, we are all a little vulnerable to the dangers of cybercrimes.
We also need to take into account the fact that the information we are feeding into the system is virtually no ones. It is just data about a user, stored in the app’s system. However, let’s assume that the app decides to sell this data to other advertising companies. What are we to do then?
These social media platforms make sure we check the “I agree to the terms and conditions box”, it is only if we go through these clauses, that we realise that the information we are feeding into the system is now acquired by these apps. This is what happened in the Facebook fraud as well. The information about the people was being sold to different companies who would then target these people to buy some products.
In a post by Northeastern University, assistant professor of Computer and Information Science, Alan Mislove talks about how data on these networks can be used, and possibly, manipulated. “Privacy is no longer a function of the things you do,” Mislove explains. “It’s also a function of what your friends and members of your community do.”
The security and privacy that the app says to provide is an oxymoron in itself. It can only be encouraged to read the terms and conditions of these apps before you start using it because you never know when your information might be used against yourself.