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Jul. 27th, 2006

03:38 pm - I've been saying all along ...

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... that relying on filters to post really personal stuff which you wouldn't want seen by your {boss,family,...} is a REALLY bad idea. My reasons have been that (1) you're relying on the fact that there will never be a bug that makes your posts more public than they should be, (2) anybody at the company who runs LJ (or replace with <people-who-run-whatever-site-you-use>) potentially has access to whatever they want to access, and (3) you might be legally forced to disclose your posts.

Here's another reason (not one I hadn't considered, but one which I considered to be likely to be less likely and, well, assuming they can access whatever they like is a good policy): The government could force access to your private posts.

In this new age, apparently the government not only can but will force access to your private "posts", and for something as insignificant as for interviewing you for an internship! Yes, you read that right. It wasn't LJ, but there is nothing stopping it from being LJ next time.

http://www.lsus.edu/career/announcements_details.asp?ID=43

(... and just in case they take the article off-line...)

Current Mood: uncomfortableI told you so

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From:knaveofhearts
Date:July 27th, 2006 10:52 pm (UTC)
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You neglected to post the scary part:

But, the interviewer explained that as a state agency, recruiters accessed his Facebook account under the auspices of the Patriot Act.

A law allegedly designed to protect us from terrorists is being used for everything from catching ordinary criminals to filtering potential job applicants? WTF?
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From:mavjop
Date:July 27th, 2006 11:09 pm (UTC)
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Right. I didn't neglect to. :) I figured people would read the stuff at the included URL! That is precisely the scary part.
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From:anemone
Date:July 28th, 2006 02:06 am (UTC)
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It's a concern to me, for sure. But the problem is that LJ is a large part of how I connect to my friends. Either I live in fear, and lose connections with my friends, or I continue as I have been doing.
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From:mavjop
Date:July 28th, 2006 04:22 am (UTC)
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My point isn't really that you should live in fear, or not connect with your friends, but that before posting something private (regardless of filters or what have you) consider whether it would be damaging to you for it to be made public. :)
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From:anemone
Date:July 28th, 2006 04:37 am (UTC)
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There are some individual posts that, if made public, could be embarassing. But I can live with that risk.

The real problem is that my entries are individually harmless and collectively harmful.

What worries me is the wealth and body of personal information available as a whole from my blog. While it's not that private what I think of "All Quiet on the Western Front", the fact that a stranger could look at the list of books I've read this year and my thoughts on all of them makes me uncomfortable.

But I managed to get ljpms.pl working and deleted all the entries up until June. It's somewhat less convenient to pull up all my entries on a particular subject. But it's safer. I'll try to keep no more than a month or two around--if I do this, I may be able to make the occasional public post again.
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From:mavjop
Date:July 28th, 2006 04:47 am (UTC)
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Gosh... I was just planning to continue to not post anything which I would be more than a little bit embarrassed to have public. I don't think I need to delete anything.
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From:anemone
Date:July 28th, 2006 05:39 am (UTC)
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You're not me. I'm a little embarrased to let strangers see my bookshelves.
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From:mavjop
Date:July 28th, 2006 06:39 am (UTC)
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True. :) I did not mean to disrespect your choice. It's just an interestingly different point of view. Also, well, I'm not quite so thorough in posting, so all people'll get is scraps, really.
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