Images and Privacy
I love tools like Flickr where you can upload photos in one shot for your family and friends to see. What does bother me is having the images there for everyone to see. Let’s face it as people can behave appallingly. Your image can be saved and used for purposes that you did not intend. This is not new phenomena as stories have surfaced about unauthorized use of images. But what about little kids? I thinks Alexandra Samuel of Vancouver has the right idea by password protecting a personal blog with photos of her children. And it sounds like her Facebook account is private so only a small number of people can see pictures there, too. I thought about this whole issue as there was a good article in the Globe and Mail about it. Samuel also used code names, not identifying her kids on the Internet. A good practice. Others say to not add place or location as well.
I have gone one step further and deleted images from Flickr after a reasonable viewing time. I am not doing anything embarassing or illegal, but I just hate the idea of my vacation pictures out there to be manipulated. Am I being unnecessarily paranoid? On the matter of young kids it is great to share pictures, but innocent images are not so innocent in the hands of pedophiles and pornographers.
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