Privacy on Internet Essay

1601 Words Jun 9th, 2012 7 Pages
David Gallo
Ms. Snellings
English III
April 1st, 2012
Internet Privacy Essay

With the internet gaining such popularity, privacy has become a thing of the past. People have come to accept that strangers can view personal information about them on social networks such as facebook, and companies and the government are constantly viewing peoples’ activity online for a variety of reasons. The government has attempted to help the consumer regain their privacy online by passing the Consumer Internet Privacy Protection Act of 1997, although it is difficult to enforce and has become outdated with the fast-moving tendency of the constantly changing internet. Some companies including yahoo and google have come under scrutiny about violating
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Myspace alone has removed well over 200,000 objectionable profiles since 2003, a frightening number for just one social site (Fitzpatrick). The amount of online predators is only getting larger, increasing 3,000% from 3,267 tips in 1998 to 106,119 in 2004, mirroring the gain in popularity of social networking sites(Fitzpatrick). Social networking sites’ policies are also nearly impossible to enforce, while age limits do exist people simply lie and join anyways. With so many young people on social sites, they have become a hunting ground for online predators. It has been proven that 1 in 5 children have been approached sexually on the internet and only 1 in 4 of those kids tell their parents (Fitzpatrick). Social networking companies need to crack down on deleting users that are far too young to be on their site
The government is currently reviewing a new internet privacy act to be passed that will ensure greater protection online in the future. This came to attention when major companies such as Facebook and google got in trouble with the law. Last year Facebook settled charges brought by the FTC that it had engaged in practices that were “unfair and deceptive, and violated federal law.”(Lyons) The obama administration recently said that popular internet companies including Google, Yahoo, Microsoft, and AOL agreed to use “do not track” technology in browsers, allowing people to

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