What information are you sharing when you use social networks? This guide discusses some of the privacy and security implications of social networks and offer some general advice for taking steps to protect your privacy online.2.Social networks come in many shapes and sizes, most sharing similar features but designed to offer a different kind of service (and, of course, some social networks may change focus and features over time).
Publicly available information Every social network allows you to post some information that is completely publicly accessible.
Remember that it is difficult to control what information they are gathering, how they might use it, and who they will share it with.
Government and law enforcement access Law enforcement and government officials can monitor social networks for valuable information.
To make these applications useful, social networks may allow developers automatic access to public information of users, and may even access some private information, when a user grants the application permission.
Considering the value of behavioral advertising, it’s easy to see why many third party applications themselves include tracking capabilities, to sell user information to advertisers.