Privacy on the Internet
How much is too much information on the internet? We all need to choose wisely when we post anything anywhere online. In the age of Google, Bing, Way Back Machine, Internet Archive (and more), whatever gets posted on any website might eventually be seen by people who were not your intended audience. When posting on blogs, message boards, chat rooms, Twitter, Facebook, and the like, it is a good idea to ask yourself: Would I want a stranger, my boss, my family or my neighbors to read the words I am about to say or view the pictures I am about to post/link to? If the answer is no, reconsider posting and/or make some edits.
A couple of good resources for things to think about when posting in any online venue are:
- Protect Your Privacy in Online Communities
- Social Networking Privacy: How to be Safe, Secure and Social
Privacy with Mothering Magazine
- How and why Mothering Magazine collects information from its visitors: "We collect personally identifying information that users voluntarily provide to us about themselves or others by using services such as subscriptions, renewals, gift subscriptions and our discussion forums. We may use that personal information editorially to improve and customize our content. We do evaluate site usage by analyzing user information in the aggregate, in a way that does not identify any individual user."
- Mothering's Discussion Forums: "Discussion forum users should be aware that by voluntarily disclosing personal information on the Mothering Forums, they make those details easily collectible by third parties." (Google & Bing, for example)
- If you have any questions or concerns about Mothering's policy: Please contact email@example.com