Check out the Tampa Bay Times opinion column on Facebook by Daniel Ruth. The title is Facebook Users Were Naive to Share Private Information. Before reading the article, what do you think the title means? In paragraph 8 of the article, Ruth says: "Apparently Facebookers were asked to fill in a personality profile . . ." That is how the information sharing began. How many times have you ever filled in an online quiz or personality profile? These profiles come in the guise of: What Harry Potter character are you? What superhero would you be? etc. Companies like Cambridge Analytica collect data from these quizzes to sell to marketing firms and other organizations, some of which are not reputable. Now read the Tampa Bay Times article below on Facebook likes. What type of information about your biases and preferences have you shared by liking something on social media? Did you know that companies also collect this information? Conduct more research and create a public service announcement that explains the risks of completing these quizzes and "liking" on Facebook or other online applications.
SS.8.FL.6.7 Evaluate social networking sites and other online activity from the perspective of making individuals vulnerable to harm caused by identity theft or misuse of their personal information.
SS.912.FL.6.9 Explain that loss of assets, wealth, and future opportunities can occur if an individual’s personal information is obtained by others through identity theft and then used fraudulently, and that by managing their personal information and choosing the environment in which it is revealed, individuals can accept, reduce, and insure against the risk of loss due to identity theft.
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