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Do Social Networks Save Your Life?

Posted: 01/18/2013 10:21 am

We all know the role that social networks play in the decentralization and the transmission of information and in particular, societal events, illustrated by the last ones in the Arab world. As such, let us look at the impact of these platforms on Internet governance and more specifically on the security of its users.

Public opinion has recently issued scathing attacks against social networks. For this purpose, including Facebook, whose approach is to respect personal data and in particular, their use for commercial purposes or investigations have provoked strong reactions. In fact, we asked many questions about the use of geo-localization than receive daily its information systems. In addition to the API that these sites distribute: Identification, Applications, Comments, and so on, it is clear that they are now going to look at your photos and data. In fact, let us see how they will do it. (Thus, let us have a close look at their way of proceeding)

Beyond the classical discourse on the intrinsic content or the poses you opt for to make your photos public, a second aspect subtly noticeable should be noted. Indeed, more and more smartphones and tablets have geo-location systems like GPS. These devices do not hesitate to add tags called "GeoTags" that contain the GPS which coordinates where you took your photos and videos. It seems obvious that publication on the Internet could potentially submit to the "targeted" marketing and advertising, as well as extremely virulent problems involving harassment and intrusion into your privacy. This explains why some developers have begun to consider this aspect and removing when loading the file data "GeoTags" on their sites.

Faced with a technology that continues to encroach on the privacy of users, many systems of control and management will have to be imposed such as standardization of processes of technological audits like the financial audit.

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