Today’s #SMXChat guest is Brian Fanzo. As a Technology Evangelist in the sphere of social intelligence, Brian has deep insight into the roles of privacy and security in delivering technology solutions.

‘Privacy is a myth.’

‘Security is someone else’s job.’

These statements pretty much, deep down (admit it) sum up how many of us feel about these two very important aspects of social citizenship in our connected world of social networking. As a matter of fact, we actually strive to be more visible, more connected – as a goal and a measure of success and achievement. The ‘six degrees of separation’ has become more like three, and if promoting our personal brands makes us vulnerable, well that’s the price we pay for success.

Yet, privacy actually is a foundation of the personal liberties that we enjoy in our society. Wikipedia’s definition takes care to note that privacy inherently protects our desires to “express ourselves selectively(1).”  In our online connected-ness, privacy is intertwined with the concept of security, where this term involves “the degree of resistance to, or protection from, harm(2).”

These definitions give rise to many questions of how privacy and security interact in our daily activities in social networking. This discussion should make us all think first about how we should be securing our own privacy and then, as stewards and advocates, how we might endeavor to be sure that we do our best to adhere to how individuals in our communities (especially as businesses and brands) wish to protect their privacy and exert their desires for security of their private information.

Q1) Are social networking and privacy mutually exclusive?

Q2) Do social networks like Facebook, Twitter, G+ provide adequate tools to protect individual privacy?

Q3) Many of us don’t take ‘terms of service’ seriously. What are we surrendering in terms of  our privacy and security?

Q4) What responsibilities should businesses have to repel security breaches before they happen? For example: in the TOS?

Q5) It’s said that our data is social currency. We surrender bits of our privacy as payment for… what?

Bonus Q6) Can TOS be simplified enough that we actually read and understand it?

(1) http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Privacy (see paragraph 1)

(2) http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Security (see paragraph 1)

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