social networking

How Monitoring Your Kids on Instagram Could Land You in Jail

Instagram is apparently the teen and tween social network of choice. That means parents who want to do the responsible thing and monitor their children’s Instagram accounts may be tempted to demand that their children “hand over the keys” to their accounts. But accessing your child’s Instagram account is — technically, at least — a violation of federal law.

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The Cops Are Hot on Your Twitter Trail

According to the LA Times, Twitter keeps logs of your “location, IP addresses, search terms, pages visited and also data from when you visit third-party websites with Twitter buttons on them” (emphasis mine). That’s a lot of detail. And Twitter makes it available to the police over 75% of the time the cops ask for it, without a subpoena.

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Who Wants to Get Fired?

Here’s a quick lesson in social networking privacy:

  • Public means anyone can read what you are posting. Like your spouse, the police, your boss, etc. They don’t even have to be a member of the social network in question.
  • Private means that only certain people can read what you are posting. You get to decide who these people are.

WeKnowWhatYou’reDoing.com is a collection of people who don’t seem to understand the difference. Under headings like Who’s taking drugs? and Who wants to get fired? it lists posts to popular social networks that should probably not have been made public.

Citibank Credit Card Numbers Exposed by Blippy

Upstart social networking site Blippy apparently failed to protect its users’ credit card numbers—or at least some of them. Blippy allows users to see what friends are buying and comment on their purchases. It also let Google index the purchase information, including credit card numbers.

If you are a Blippy user—especially if you have a Citibank card—keep an eye on your account and look for unfamiliar charges. You might even ask for a new card as a proactive measure.

Blippy users’ credit card numbers found on Google | VentureBeat