Social Networking: Opening the Floodgates to Personal Data

Social Networking: Opening the Floodgates to Personal Data

I hope this message finds you well. I’d like to share my latest article with you, entitled “Social Networking: Opening the Floodgates to “Personal Data’.” Dr. Rebecca Wong and I recently published this in the Computer and Telecommunications Law Review. The article discusses how users of social networking sites (SNS) and platforms are realising that their personal information, given for what was believed to be a “limited purpose”, has been hijacked, sold, repackaged, misused, abused and otherwise laid bare to the world.

As the user realises their dilemma, their brow becomes furrowed and drips with sweat caused by frustration and concern. While they wring their hands with despair, they ask themselves, “How could this have happened?”, “Who do these people think they are?” and in the worst case scenario, identity theft, “Who is this person and why is he ruining my life?” Information from social networking sites can be intentionally or unwittingly transferred and the many consequences which could then flow to users, vendors and back to the SNS.

I invite you to download the article and welcome any comments you may have. I hope you find it informative and entertaining, and I look forward to sharing additional material with you in the future!

Thank you and best wishes,