I know for a fact, that if I was to enter your full real name onto the 192.com website, I could instantly tell you where it is you live or have lived, your mother and fathers names including their ages, whether you have any siblings, if you do their names and ages, as well as a timeline of your addresses.
The ability to locate personal information today is so easy that its second nature to us. We don’t think about it! This is one of the reasons I decided to use an alias when signing up to social networks or any other information required websites. However, when typing my alias into the search engine google, my information and pictures from many many years ago (ok, its not that many!) where smack dead centre of the screen. I am extremely visible! There is information on me from what it is I like to do every evening, to what I like to watch, to what Church I used to attend… SCARY!
With certain accounts, such as Facebook, I’ve opted to switch on security, meaning only those I am closest to get the ‘privilege’ of viewing my information. The reason I did this was because I didn’t want to be seen as unprofessional. In the media industry many social media accounts are seen as public CV’s and therefore, enforces you to ‘behave’ and will potentially prevent me from not getting offered employment.
I doubt any of the information that I stored remains under my control. For example, once you upload a personal picture to Instagram it’s no longer yours, it becomes Instagram’s.