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Facebook and personal privacy

A little while ago (07 Sep. 08) I wrote about some of the challenges faced with using web services like Facebook to engage with students.  I just came across this somewhat related story that highlights some of the dangers of using a service to be an online storage site for your personal information.

This article talks about plans by the US government to grant new powers to security services that allow them to access personal information on social networking sites like Facebook.  It’s all being done under the “We have to protect you from the terrorists” slogan that plagues American society currently.

While this article doesn’t specifically address the use of services
like Facebook in education, I just thought it makes an interesting
follow up.

Here’s the link:
http://www.guardian.co.uk/politics/2008/oct/15/terrorism-security

By Michael Rowe

I'm a lecturer in the Department of Physiotherapy at the University of the Western Cape in Cape Town, South Africa. I'm interested in technology, education and healthcare and look for places where these things meet.