Although internet privacy issues are not new, they are not something to be taken for granted. Today, sharing of information can be done through many different means. A careless attitude among users has developed when it comes to giving out private information. At first there were no harsh consequences, but the explosion of giving away private information has killed privacy. Users willingly give away their privacy mainly through social networking, but except when they are affected, they really don’t care about this.
By posting her European summer vacation pictures on Facebook, one high school English teacher in Georgia lost her job. The school authorities said that the pictures “promote alcohol use” and “contained profanity”. Her pictures showed her holding a glass of wine and a mug of beer. She has sued the school, but this experience is something that should teach a lesson to every social networking enthusiast. It is not safe to share even those well-meaning photos in the internet.
The teacher claimed that she carefully chose the options in the privacy settings on her Facebook account. She believed that such restrictions would allow only her closest friends to see her pictures, but she lost her job because of them. This is clear proof that privacy settings do not save a user from exploitation. It is probable that one of her friends posted her photos somewhere else. Being careful with what one posts does not guarantee internet safety.