Filed under: You’d think.
I’ve told my kids not to put our address or phone number on Facebook. They know not to post embarrassing photos. At my son’s college dorm, there’s a ten-foot long poster explaining to all students the importance of privacy, and emphasizing the potential consequences of revealing intimate details online.
I also know people in law enforcement whose jobs make them — and by extension their families — targets for criminals and terrorists. They’re exceedingly, thoroughly, cautious about security, 24/7/365.
The new head of MI6 has been left exposed by a major personal security breach after his wife published intimate photographs and family details on the Facebook website.
Sir John Sawers is due to take over as chief of the Secret Intelligence Service in November, putting him in charge of all Britain’s spying operations abroad.
But his wife’s entries on the social networking site have exposed potentially compromising details about where they live and work, who their friends are and where they spend their holidays.
“Amazingly, she had put virtually no privacy protection on her account, making it visible to any of the site’s 200 million users who chose to be in the open-access ‘London’ network – regardless of where in the world they actually were.”
Equally Amazing: “Lady Sawers’ Facebook ‘friends’ have also used the account to send messages of congratulations to Sir John on his new job, with one relative joking that he will now be known as ‘Uncle C’.”