As a society, we are open to sharing and posting the fun and exciting things we do in our lives to show our happiness and satisfaction. Some are private and conceal their information fearing judgment and personal lives being out there. Why did I open my digital identity argument comparing private and public people? Maybe what really defines our digital identity is us based on the information we share online where other people access. Based on many studies, public people seem to share more of their private information to their social media about their everyday lives compared to private people. Makes sense right? However, did you know even being a private person, there are personal and very confidential information are floating among frequently visited websites?
According to the Huffington Post Part 1, Chambers stated, “They weren’t forced on us. If we read the voluminous “terms of service” agreements that we check yes to in return for these free services, we’d see that the providers of “free” services were very candid about how they’d use our personal information.” Although you might think your digital identity is kept safe, your credit card number may not be based on your last target purchase online and forgetting that you clicked remember my card for subsequent purchases. How about when you click yes on remember my password on certain platforms? This undertake allows viruses and hackers to access very personal information about you that you never thought someone else has.
According to the Huffington Post Part 2, Chamber’s statement of “we as a culture have answered that nobody but YOU should own you. Digital or otherwise. It’s the “keep out of my business and stay off my lawn” principle.” As a society, we might think us and only us have access to our personal information. But did you take into consideration actions such as sharing your current location via your phone in exchange for better directions next time, or agreeing to a cookie on a search engine to track us in limited ways, in exchange for better search results?
I can be counted as a victim of this digital identity dilemma due to sharing my Instagram password to a foreign app called Followers which is linked to Instagram. This app helped identify those who follow you, unfollow you, and don’t follow you back. I was very interested so I gave it a try by plugging in my username and password and “trusting” this website with my private information. I enjoyed it but within a span of two weeks, a Rayban post on my Instagram was posted without my consent or even seeing the picture before it was posted. Therefore I went to take a look at the terms and services of this app and they stated in order for me to keep tracking my followers, my password, username, and pictures have to be shared with them. As an active social media member, I learned my lesson to not pressing yes or allowing foreign apps and cookies to control my personal information that only ME has a right to own and no one else’s.
People every day are being tricked and coerced into agreeing to things where they don’t understand the consequences. I strongly agree and give props to Chambers statement of, “each and every one of us has the right to decide for ourselves exactly when, where, how, and with whom our digital identity can be shared.”