What is privacy?
||The right to be left alone with the minimum interference in the enjoyment of this right|
||Who should care about privacy? |
||Should you share your personal information, e.g. name, address, or date of birth, or fingerprints with everybody? |
||No. You should not provide this information to strangers without having ascertained why they need it and for what purpose.|
||Do you need to know whether the information held about you is correct? |
||Yes, otherwise this could cause problems, e.g., Nisha is refused a job because the information her prospective employer had on her was inaccurate.|
||Do you know how safe it is to use social networking sites like Facebook, Bebo, MySpace, etc? |
Before you use a networking site or date on internet or chat, you should be careful not to divulge too much of your personal information as this may cause you embarrassment in your daily life. How would you feel if a potential employer or your parents saw details of your private life, like pictures of you in a pub with a friend or if someone steals your photo and uses it on the net to communicate with others, concealing his/her own identity?
||Should you not use social networking sites? |
No, as long as these sites allow you to control who you contact, who contacts you and what (if any) information they may find out about you, they can be a privacy – friendly way to socialize. Social networking sites help you in sharing information with many people fast. But remember that anything you post may be seen by many more people than you may think!!!
Above all, you should learn how to use these sites safely and in a responsible way
||What are the precautions to take when posting something personal online? |
||Most sites allow you to create a profile for yourself. This can be as simple as a username and contact email address, or it may include a photo, a description of you, likes and dislikes, music and videos. It may also link you in to your online friends’ profiles.|
Be careful about what you post online. Little pieces of information can be used by others to construct a picture of you that could be misused. Don’t reveal your personal information such as your home address, telephone number, date of birth or where you work to strangers. Keep your password safe and avoid obvious ones that others may guess, particularly if you also use it for other things like internet banking. Develop a separate email address just for social networking so you don’t have to give away any other contact details.
Privacy settings control the amount of information people can see about you. On some sites these are automatically set at the most private level but on others all your information can be seen by other people unless you specify otherwise. Set the privacy level as strictly as you can. Remember, you can’t take information back from people once they’ve seen it but you can always put more information on once you become more comfortable with a site and its users.
It’s worth regularly reading the privacy policies and user agreements on sites to understand how they use your personal information, for example do they pass it on to marketing companies?
||What about your exam records? |
||If you’ve just received your marks, you may be interested to find out more about how you’ve been marked, and the comments made about you and your exam paper. You may even want to make an appeal against a mark you’ve been given.|
The Data Protection Act gives you the right to see this information. This means you can request information about you and your exam performance, including:
• your mark;
• comments written by the examiner; and
• minutes of any examination appeals panels.