In this paper, we write a critical review about the current status of the concerns of privacy. The argument shows that there are many issues of privacy and security concerns as validated by the opinions on the issue of the subject. That is why to accommodate the varying opinions we need a more colloquial approach. Therefore the site owners are recommended to design and to start a development process policy, according to which the actors jointly will identify the preventive measures so that they could reduce privacy risks for the users of the Social Networking Sites.
W all know that across the international boundaries the number of social networking sites is increasing, and as a result, the privacy concerns along with the data protection are becoming more and more important. Both private people and organizations, after considering these concerns, have adopted several opinions on whether or not the social networking sites should be covered by privacy laws. It is important to mention that it might be rather difficult or even impractical for their users to avoid these online networking sites as they have become and are also continuing to become more popular.
Westin (2003) reports that young people on these social networking sites, such as Facebook, Twitter and MySpace, are telling their personal details of their personal lives, that results in warning of a statement of what is considered to be public or private. In addition, now we come across the process of rethinking of the privacy conceptions due to that public sharing of the private information. As a result, we have an important question to answer; is it necessary that the social networking web sites will be covered by private laws or not?
According to Davidrip (2008), social networking sites are the websites allowing users not only to upload any given information to a public profile, but also to create a list of online friends and as well and browse the profiles of other users. Along with the general standards, the websites have their own membership rules. By means of their profile users can provide their personal information to others. Furthermore, Davidrip (2008) thinks that this information is not only referential but attributive as well. Despite the fact that laws and regulations control an access to referential information, attribute information is protected less than referential information. However, Davidrip (2008) is sure that new privacy risks are created by the aggregation of a big number of attributive information on the profiles of the social networking sites. Therefore, he argues in claim support that social network sites should be covered by privacy laws.
Private messaging users on social networking sites write and read messages on the provider’s server, and they don’t even download them to their computers. (Klein, A., Lyons J., M., A Sperl, A., 2010)
Information using the social networking sites spreads faster than the information spread within a real-life network.
Information may be open to a great number of people. Besides, digital information is not difficult to copy and can be stored indefinitely for long. In addition, you can search for the digital information. Davidrip (2008) argues that privacy laws should cover social network sites because it can harm users if information comes to people whom it was not directed to.