Tax returns should be subjected to public scrutiny even though they are filed with a government entity; nor would we think that our Social Security numbers should be handed out to anyone who asks for them. How about names of minor children, or their addresses, or their schools? There is simply some information that our government has about us that should not be disclosed to the public, especially in this Internet age. Once information hits the Internet, it’s public and there is no more control over it. We need to ensure that certain information is off limits to the public and that it will be protected by the government, barring a compelling public need to know.
Social networking sites vary in the levels of privacy offered. For some social networking sites like Facebook, providing real names and other personal information is encouraged by the site(onto a page known as a ‘Profile‘). These information usually consist of birth date, current address, and telephone number(s). Some sites also allow users to provide more information about themselves such as interests, hobbies, favorite books or films, and even relationship status. Nevertheless, individuals can sometimes be identified with face re-identification. Study has been done on two major social networking sites, and it is found that by overlapping 15% of the similar photographs, profile pictures with similar pictures over multiple sites can be matched to identify the users