Online Privacy Please!

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While reading Curation Nation(Amazon Affiliate Link) I read where Steven ( on twitter @magnify) quotes @LAURENGELMAN the executive director of Stanford Law School’s Center for Internet and Society warning us

“the current state of privacy is “binary”; either you share or you don’t” There’s no way to define that the information you put out in the world can be used or gathered or tabulated or cross-referenced.”~ @LAURENGELMAN

This statement made me think on how sometimes many users mistake using some of the profile settings on their twitter, facebook, foursquare, flickr, and other platforms but they don’t realize that other information they are sharing can actually compromise the information they supposedly want to protect.

For this reason I am planning to create a series of blog posts called Online Privacy Please! I’ll be using my experiences of working with S&P 500 companies and other organizations on how they protected their data.

Having worked for American Systems, KPMG, and now at CIMA IT Solutions I have been working to minimize the risk of information being held in the wrong hands for many years. This will also lay down the groundwork for a unique project I am working on which I will soon write about.

Some of the topics I am planning to discuss are the following:

  • Personal privacy and how it is no longer and individual thing. The biggest risk you have is what your contacts can share about you.
  • How people share vast information in Social Media from birthdays to work related information which can be used against them.
  • Practices to defend yourself from the many threats and vulnerabilities that arise using all these platforms.
  • What platforms offer the least privacy.
  • How individuals can predict patterns based on information you share and get to your private data.

Do you guys want to understand any specific platform? Out of the 5 topics I picked which one would you like for me to write about?

Are there any other topics you would like for me to write about or would want to contribute for me to include you in future posts?

I wrote this short post  on Validating Safety of Url’s with the help of @kelvinlomboy at my CIMA IT Solutions site

photo credit by hyku

Posts of the “Online Privacy Please!” Series



  1. Gabriele Maidecchi on May 4, 2011 at 8:42 am

    That’s a very good idea Raul, especially because companies are naturally inclined in doing everything they can to discourage you from shielding up against privacy loss. I can think of Facebook as a perfect example, where the privacy settings panel seems to be designed by aliens.

    • Raul Colon on May 5, 2011 at 1:52 am


      Like you did see in my tweets I will have someone address it from a technical aspect.

      Thanks for stopping by!

  2. Prometeo on May 4, 2011 at 8:11 pm

    A teasing introductory post. Genius! Can’t wait to read the series. Privacy is something I really value and oversharing is a risk that sometimes people innocently.

    • Raul Colon on May 5, 2011 at 1:51 am


      If you have any questions please feel free to share them or send them my way.

      I have to agree with the oversharing!

  3. Raul Ramos y Sanchez on May 5, 2011 at 1:48 am

    Raul, when I coach other writers on using social media, I get a lot of questions about Facebook privacy. I hope you’ll address that at some point.
    Gracias, tocayo!

    • Raul Colon on May 5, 2011 at 1:50 am

      We will be working on that specific subject. I have someone who will write a guest post or two for the series. Do you have any specific questions they have asked?

  4. Ksmith80 on May 31, 2011 at 2:46 pm

    I am very much looking forward to reading more about this Raul. “Personal privacy and how it is no longer and individual thing. The biggest risk you have is what your contacts can share about you” is a big one for me. I cannot tell you how many times I have thought about deleting FB, Twitter accounts because of the “privacy” concern.

    • Raul Colon on May 31, 2011 at 2:58 pm


      Your best bet is not closing them . It is about monitoring you brought a great point. I guess if we monitor we are able to control what is up there. 

      Let say someone posts something about you and you never know about it. Being present allows you to fix it or take action.

      On the other side it is all about how much you share the same reason why I have Daniela’s pictures on a separate website and I hardly posts any pictures on twitter or Facebook. 

      You can control part of it but deleting an account will not give save you completely from what other can share. 

      My recommendation is stay alert and be present. If someone knows you are watching they are less probably of posting something that might be detrimental to your image. 

      I think you just gave me a great idea. Might be the next post.