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(This document requires the use of Adobe Acrobat Reader). Speech by Ms Helen Versey, Victorian Privacy Commissioner. To Australian Institute of Computer Ethics Conference, Deakin University, 13 February 2012. "Any discussion of computer ethics inevitably includes the discussion about right to privacy, as does any discussion about social media. Today, I am going to endeavour to raise some issues that I hope will contribute to your discussions in this conference...
Use of Social networking sites by the public sector - Governments are encouraged to be more transparent with the public. An effective way to get information out to the public is to do so via social networking sites. But there are problems with the public sector using social networking sites, especially if this is not limited to getting information disseminated.22
• The risk of collecting personal information from social networking without that person knowing, These can be summarized as follows:
• Collecting more personal information than the organisation needs,
• If social networking is used to collect information from individuals, the individual may inadvertently publish the information to the world. This could be highly sensitive information,
• Organisational obligations regarding data security and public records, and
• Blurring lines between official and personal worlds, for example – young people dealing with teachers. Very use of the word 'friend' can indicate a crossing or blurring of a line..."
Further information on Computer Ethics in the Social Media Age - in pdf format (76kb)
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