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September 29, 2007

Privacy & Blog

Filed under: social — Tags: , — Hailin @ 8:41 pm

online privacyPrivacy is the ability to keep the private information out of public view.  it is one of the fundamental principles enshrined in U.S. constitution, and for a good reason — a true democracy entails respecting individual autonomy and anonymity. Coincidentally, the religious world also has a good explanation –two thousands years ago, Paul declared “there are no righteous persons, there is not even one”. 

One key reason that people don’t blog as often as they would is the fear of losing privacy and the ramifications it may result.  Employees can be fired for divulging company information, or posting unwelcoming comments about management.  Over eighty percent of companies monitor employees online activity at work.  With these in mind, any sensible person would take a second thought to blog things which he would otherwise write freely in his paper diary in his own bedroom.

Blog software can do a better job protecting user’s privacy.  Some software can already restrict access to some or all posts. One easiest way is just to create a private category which can only be viewed by the author himself or herself, and not anyone else in the world.  Whoever solves this problem first will have another competitive advantage.

4 Comments »

  1. You are right – privacy is an important issue. For my blog I have taken a decision to keep it separate from my personal life – and so things like name , address or nationality does not appear there – the most important right of everyone is to make a choice .

    Comment by skykid — September 29, 2007 @ 10:07 pm

  2. Online privacy awareness is very important and it should be “designed-in” for any blogging software product.

    Comment by Bill Leavy — October 1, 2007 @ 12:04 am

  3. I agree with you. I also hide my personal information, such as name, email, phone number and nationality!

    Comment by ahndunk — February 18, 2008 @ 11:36 pm

  4. I’ve recently started a blog, the information you provide on this site has helped me tremendously. Thank you for all of your time & work.

    Comment by design center st. louis — July 29, 2009 @ 6:52 am


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