Privacy: How Much About You Is Out There?

With the advent of blogging and continuously updated online news media, access to information is almost unparalleled. Even information that seems semi-private, such as profiles on Facebook—which are only accessible by certain portions of the public—can be taken out of context, re-posted, and let loose in the vastness of cyberspace.

“I think that the whole growing phenomenon of people being stalkers on the internet is a little scary and worrisome but I don’t think it’s a really pressing issue,” says Jessica E. Becker ’09.

But is Becker correct? In a study conducted by the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children, one out of every five children who regularly uses the internet has received a sexual approach or solicitation overthe internet in the past year, and one out of every 33 children has received an aggressive sexual solicitation in the past year. An aggressive solicitation is one in which the predator asks a child to meet somewhere or called them on the phone. The Harvard Crimson :: Magazine :: How Much About You Is Out There?

Linked by shanmuga Thursday, 9th February 2006 3:07AM