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Protecting Other People's Privacy Online

Consider your family’s privacy preferences as well as your own when you post information about yourself. Those cute – nude – baby photos? They could swirl around in cyberspace forever. You likely wouldn’t want your own baby photos up there for all to see: err on the side of caution.

Similarly, when you offer to tag those old high school photos on your friend’s Facebook page, or you forward the cool shots you took in the park last weekend of everyone celebrating the first day of summer; think. Where might these go? Could this embarrass somebody? How easy will they be for someone –anyone – to track down?

It may not be apparent to you why a posting is upsetting or embarrassing to its subject; it doesn’t have to be. If someone asks you to remove something about them, do. You are safeguarding their reputation and enhancing your own.