- Hardcover: 272 pages
- Publisher: Free Press (January 10, 2012)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1451650515
- ISBN-13: 978-1451650518
- Product Dimensions: 6 x 1.2 x 9 inches
- Shipping Weight: 15.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 23 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,148,005 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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I Know Who You Are and I Saw What You Did: Social Networks and the Death of Privacy
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With 750 million members, Facebook has the “power and reach of a nation,” the third largest in the world. Andrews, legal scholar and expert on social media, examines the concept of social network as a nation in need of a constitution that protects the rights of its citizens. Law-enforcement agencies and repressive regimes alike are using information from Facebook pages to go after perceived wrongdoers. Similarly, school administrators and employers search Facebook for information. With the blurring of lines between government and social networks, Facebook and other social media are used to publicize what used to be private information on citizens that they have willingly or inadvertently made public. Andrews explores growing talk of a social-network constitution, not to establish hard-and-fast rules but to offer a firm expression of fundamental values to foster development of technology that protects privacy. She includes a proposed constitution that ensures the right to connect, to free speech and expression, and to privacy of place and information. A fascinating look at social media and a valuable resource for Internet users to protect personal data. --Vanessa Bush
"Unnerving narrative about the misuse of personal online information—without our knowledge—to track, judge and harm us in innumerable aspects of our lives.
"Social-network executives often dismiss online privacy concerns: 'You have zero privacy anyway. Get over it,' said Sun Microsystems’ Scott McNealy. But the constitutional freedoms of millions of people posting personal data on Facebook and other networks are violated routinely, and the law has not kept up with the new technology, writes lawyer Andrews (Institute for Science, Law and Technology/Illinois Institute of Technology; Immunity, 2008, etc.). Noting that social networks make their profits on users’ data, she describes the multibillion-dollar industry of data aggregators who mine online data for the advertising industry, often 'weblining' people, denying them certain opportunities due to observations about their digital selves. Most users have no idea how much information is being collected about them: 'People have a misplaced trust that what they post is private.' The results can be devastating: A Georgia teacher posted a photo showing her drinking a glass of Guinness at an Irish brewery, and she was forced to resign after the photo was e-mailed anonymously to her school superintendent. After seeing a mother’s MySpace page showing her posing provocatively in lingerie, a judge awarded custody of her young children to her husband. 'Virtually every interaction a person has in the offline world can be tainted by social network information,' writes the author, who proposes creating a 'Social Network Constitution' to govern our lives online. Her governing principles would protect against police searches of social networks without probable cause, require social networks to post conspicuous Miranda-like privacy warnings and set rules for the use or collecting of user information.
"Authoritative, important reading for policymakers and an unnerving reminder that anything you post can and will be used against you."
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Do you use a popular free email service? Guess what, you might as well be standing on the street corner with a megaphone.
This book frightened me and angered me. I was frightened by the unregulated "Wild West" business practices by internet prowlers and angered by my own ignorance up to this point. As the author points out, if you are not in the internet/web business, what goes on behind the scenes is much worse than you know. The biggest sites are the biggest offenders, starting with Facebook (privacy settings are meaningless).
You should read (reread) this book everytime you plan to subscibe to ANY website!
The reason for four stars intead of five is due to the author's lobbying for some sort of internet constitution. My copy of the book is on loan to a friend, so I can't quote the precise nomenclature; but I would have preferred fewer pages on this idea. Just a small nit to pick, the book is still a good read for ANY internet user.
All of this sounds threatening to privacy, to put it mildly. Lori Andrews the author, a law professor, has done a real service by amassing the tales of woe. The book is worth its price and time spent reading for this alone.
What's lacking in the book are business rationales, law enforcement rationales, and national security rationales. Perhaps Andrews weighed those perspectives and discounted them so much that they're given little play in her book.
Also, it would be nice to get advice for the consumer of online experience -- how to weigh and balance privacy concerns and opportunities for convenience, satisfaction, and even professional productivity in our use of the internet? The book leaves the reader to cobble that together.
What the author does put forth is a proposed constitutional amendment to ensure privacy in a digital age. Sounds nice and fair, and idealistic. Good luck with that.
It might have been helpful to see one chapter about what struggles people actually have engaged in to advocate for privacy using the courts, Congress, and so on. I don't know who's done what there. Perhaps somebody will write that chapter or entire book someday, or if it's been written, we'll hear of it.
People are manipulated into believing that Facebook and social networks in general are so much more beneficial to consumers than they are harmful. The risks are real and they are extremely disturbing. Not only does this book expose the horrific truth about the theft of private information and data aggregator companies, but it provides proof beyond a reasonable doubt that we're in a lot of trouble.
To share something personal: I was protected by what is regarded as the most advanced identity protection you can purchase on the consumer market, but I still became a victim of identity theft. It all began with a piece of information that the person was able to obtain through Facebook. Contrary to what Facebook or anyone tells you, identity theft rose as social networking became more popular. Identity theft is statistically the fastest growing crime in America. It is arguably the biggest problem in existence that hardly anyone cares about until it happens to them. Take it from me. It is absolute hell when you become a victim.
The author, Lori Andrews, provides such clear concrete examples of how unsafe our data is. Companies will say in their disclosures that they make safeguarding your information their top priority. That's great, but the fundamental problem is that we are being tracked!! Data aggregation is not only gross invasion of privacy, but it greatly increases the likelihood of identity theft. Read this book and you'll understand why. Any level of encryption or "safeguarding" is a moot point because there are many other ways a system can break.
Interesting point on social networking: The latest news is that some folks have the audacity to label us as "suspicious," suggesting that there is something wrong with us psychologically if we don't have a Facebook account. We hang out with family and friends in our back yards instead of on Facebook. God forbid we happened to find it more fun. Then, there are the facts of how people's behaviors have changed in the last ten years: the school shootings, the defiance against law enforcement officers simply doing their job, the studies proving that people feel more lonely, depressed, or isolated because of the superficial nature of online profiles and those that overshadow life off-line. People are much more likely to act out in aggression, the fact that terrorists have used Facebook to communicate and coordinate plans and the list goes on. This book covers these things so well and it's only the beginning. More people should read it for sure.