Privacy is finally catching the real attention of the Government. In a moved aimed at keeping our social media traffic private, the FTC is urging social media companies to include a do-not-track feature in their software and apps. A NYTimes article, which is available at http://tinyurl.com/algljc8 discusses the very real concern’s of government officials and highlights a recent FTC fine of $800,000 issued against the neophyte social networking app, Path for violating federal regulations against collecting personal information on underaged users. While the move seems like a good one, it also smacks of a little too much government regulation, even for this seemingly staunch anti-libertarian.
I don’t know if I should laugh at this article as ridiculous or be shocked and paranoid for the future of America. The article discusses the responsibility of doctors to discuss the facebook effect with their patients. Has social media infiltrated society so much that a discussion regarding its influence will now be included along with an eye exam and height measurement? What does this say about us?