The Expectation Of Privacy In A Very Public Chatroom
from the paper-makes-a-difference dept
Is there anyone who doesn’t yet realize that anything you write online can (and will) be found at some later date via a search engine? Apparently, even when that’s the case, people still seem to mentally cling to the idea that there’s some sort of privacy online — even in very public spaces. E-Media Tidbits points to just such a situation, where the UK newspaper The Guardian used its own chatrooms as fodder for a print story, and the people in the chartroom freaked out, as if their privacy had somehow been breached. They had posted information in a chatroom that was run by The Guardian, and yet they were still quite upset to find the same info they posted online, and which could easily be found via Google, was put into a story that was printed on paper. Part of the problem may have been one of expectations. Even though the Guardian had stated that items on the boards could be reused, they didn’t clearly state that they planned to use this content in an article. Still, it’s a bit odd to think that someone could complain about their privacy being violated after they were the ones who proactively posted the info themselves in a crowded and well-read user forum.