This guest post is written by Christopher Roberts for the Guest Blogging Competition. If you are interested to participate and win $70 cash and some cool products, just head over to the contest page.
Privacy and social media are two things that don’t seem to go together very well. For a long time now, consumers, governments and social media sites have done battle over the data people post on social networks.
Almost all of us use social media sites like Twitter, Google + and Facebook, but the sad thing is, less that 35% of consumers actually trust the social networks they use. Only 2% of people completely trust online companies with their data, which is a shocking figure, in this day and age, when more and more of us, are storing more and more of our data, online.
But why don’t we trust the internet? Well some critics believe that it is because around half of us have been ‘burned’ by the net. This basically means have had a bad experience, in which private data has been exposed.
Because of this, fewer people believe that they have the ability to protect themselves when using social media. When asked if they felt they could protect their personal data when online, only 16% of users thought they could.
For years now, consumers have been concerned about social media, and the safety of their data online, and for years very little has been done to alleviate these concerns. Better transparency and easier to control privacy settings are what is needed to address these concerns, but that often means lower profits for online corporations, as more people are likely to be dissatisfied, opt out, and kick up a fuss, when they find out what sites are really doing with their data.
What I think social networks need to be aware of, is that over half of their users would be willing to share more of their sensitive data with them, if they had more control over who sees what they share.
What’s your opinion on social media and privacy? Do you trust social networks, and do you feel improvements need to be made?
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About the Author: Christopher Roberts loves blogging, and is part of the community blog Technology Bloggers – a project involving hundreds of people, aimed at creating a fantastic blog about everything in the tech field; from business and science to computing and the internet