September 07, 2011

Paranoia Will Destroy Ya...

I know that the invasiveness of certain social networks does not bother the normal person. Any data that is gathered by an unseen entity, if you can't see it, why worry?

It bugs me, which is one of the reasons I won't do it. I'm not budging. Now we have... the Clouds.

The high school just went to Google Cloud. Away from outlook they went and all the email is now done in Google. There were export issues for the band email database, so this week I keyed them in by hand. Typing at the 90-100 words per minute that I do, it didn't take that long.

So I was sitting at the band director's desk, typing in email addresses and I noticed that a picture popped up. I was startled as I wondered, who was this person staring at me in the picture? Did Google put some random picture?

I mean, how absurd?

And I realized, that I was looking at a real picture of one of the Dads. Every email I typed in where someone had some sort of Google account with a picture attached, suddenly appeared in the band director's database.

I know, everyone is OK with this but me, the absolute invasiveness of all these systems. Does he know that I know what he looks like now, just from typing his name into contacts? But really... does he care? More than likely not.

Privacy is gone, folks. And we seem to be OK. It is bigger and crazier than anything Orwellian. We don't have to have cameras on street corners.

They're in our own homes. And WE are supplying... the data. How sweet is THAT for Big Brother?

Posted by Boudicca at September 7, 2011 07:20 AM

You have to assume that anything you type into a computer is public information. So are some public and corporate records. I've read how modern singles Google potential mates' names to look for criminal histories. Just for laughs, I just Googled my name and quickly found my LinkedIn profile, comments I've made on several blogs and a newspaper article I wrote at least 10 years ago.

Posted by: George P at September 7, 2011 07:35 AM

If you google my name, you get my linkedin profile, which is actually the only social networking thing I've done. I think it may help me one day in the job arena as I don't see myself doing what I do now forever.

You get the race I ran for Leukemia Lymphoma. Also, you'll see something I did with a gf of mine after Katrina. Other than that, nothing on there is me. There is some chick in NJ that has the same name as mine and she is ALL over the 'net.

If you google images of me, you don't get one picture of me until page 7, and that's my race picture. That LLS site was a public domain. I know people have googled me at work, to see what I look like. (I have not met face to face 50% of the people I work with at Company X.) I don't know if they realize that not one of those women is me.

Posted by: Bou at September 7, 2011 08:01 AM

If you put mine in you should see a blue vwbug. GRIN. Yaa, it is insane isn't it.

Posted by: vwbug at September 7, 2011 10:46 AM

There is no privacy, not anymore. Emails, I even heard that since obamacare some medical records are available online.

I used to be paranoid but not anymore; there's no help for it. Now I just say 'here I am; come and get me'.

Posted by: pam at September 7, 2011 11:37 AM

Speaking of cameras, on the route I walk from my parking garage to my office, I have counted 27 surveillance cameras in or visible from the skyway. I had some business at a county office about six blocks away; I didn't think to count on the way there, but on the way back, I tallied 52 on the street. I know there are some I have missed.

Search for "virtual panopticon."

I show up on MySpace through a group with which I am associated, and Linked in through co-workers' associations.

I've told my daughter to have care with her online information, because it is her own personal Panroda's Box; you have to do damage control even before anything bad happens (she has had her Facebook account hacked once already).

Posted by: Versatek6 at September 7, 2011 01:51 PM

I'm with VW Bug -- my picture is an elf spanking his butt from the elf bowling game. Yeah, I know enough to really mess with privacy and data connections...

Posted by: Ogre at September 7, 2011 02:53 PM

That's why I use pics that are not of me for profiles. I also use use an alias on ALL my accounts. If someone wants to steal 'me,' they can have it. Because it's not me. :)

Posted by: Rave at September 7, 2011 05:25 PM

The wonderful thing about a Joe Average name like mine is that you google my name and there are literally millions of us. An absolute pain when I lose an account number and someone has to find me in a database but sometimes a real blessing! :-)

Posted by: Shaz at September 7, 2011 06:12 PM

We recently upgraded to Microsoft Office 2010 and the Outlook has our badge pictures attached to every email we send. It's rather jarring. I took an awful picture. At least when people meet me now they're probably thinking that I look much better in person.

There is no privacy, for sure.

Posted by: Jerry in Texas at September 8, 2011 12:44 AM

I try to keep myself as private as possible. One husband's ex-wife. She entered our info on pr0n sites...lost a couple of emails that way.

2nd problem...the kids. No matter how we stress public safety and monitor their net time (harder to do the older they get and leave home), they think nothing of putting info out there that they think is innocuous.

And third...I've set up a FB site under a 'pen-name'...and am now 'friends' with my husband's ex-wife. Found out all sorts of stuff about her...including where she works (and promptly submitted a withholding order against her...she's over $30,000.00 in arrearages now...AND she has complications of VD (from her sex-offender husband)...privacy is only what you make it.

Posted by: Mrs. Who at September 8, 2011 10:40 PM