Saturday, 9 January 2016

Online Privacy: Does it exist?

There's no doubt that online and social media networks have evolved massively since their introduction, and many beyond our imaginations or belief. Something that keeps cropping up around this subject is privacy. We've seen those over sharing people on blogs, Facebook statuses or Twitter tweets that we all simultaneously eye roll over, but when is too much, too much? 

The article that sparked this idea is of course Zoella and Pointless Blog's (i.e. Zoe Sugg and Alfie Deyes) home address being printed in a local newspaper, then distributed across well known online news sites. They're Youtubers, daily vlogging their lives and showing you how to create that perfect golden smokey eye in a 10 minute tutorial. Their fans know what products they use, what they eat and now where they sleep, is that online privacy gone too far? 

It's easy to say now that it's totally unfair that their personal address was published for the public to see, but would it have been easy enough to find out (or at least narrow down) where they lived because their lives are so well documented? I do believe it is an invasion of their privacy to have their address published, but it could be argued that they can determine how much or how little people see if their lives through their social channels, which brings up the phrase creators of their own making. 

On the other side of the spectrum, the Kardashians/Jenners have made their lives and money out of over sharing. We want to know what Kylie's lip products are, how Kim gets that tiny waist and what's happening with Khloe's estranged husband - and we find this all out on Keeping Up With The Kardashians. People look up to them because their perfect portrayal is so attractive and so widely spread across their social media channels.  

We can control our blogs and privacy to an extent, but when is too much, too much? Everyone has the right to a private life, there's no doubting that. But it is worrying that more cases like online sex revenge from bitter ex partners posting intimate pictures are becoming common because there's no online privacy. In the future I can see more apps like Snapchat and Periscope becoming popular because we can get a live peek into someone else's life, perhaps more cases like the above happen to bloggers, youtubers and celebrities and you might even see famour people shun the online world totally, to keep a part of their lives private. 

What do you think of online privacy? Do you believe it exists? 

Thanks for reading!
Rhiannon x

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