Social networking

Many of us use social networking sites daily to share information about ourselves, to stay in touch with friends, make professional connections, and share ideas, opinions and photos. We often think about our personal sites as private, when in reality, many of them can be seen by friends, employers, university officials, and even parents. Once we put personal information on the Internet, there is a risk that it may be seen and used by people or organizations we don’t know and in unexpected ways that we may not be comfortable with.

Explore the links on this page for information about social networking and your privacy—in the context of your personal life and in the workplace.

We also have a number of resources about social networking designed for kids, which can be found in our Youth privacy education section.

Social Networking and Privacy

Keep these tips in mind when considering how you use social networking sites.

Social Networking Sites and Privacy

Learn how social networking sites profit from your personal information.

Social Networks Sites in the Workplace: An Introduction

Read basic information about social networking for both employers and employees.

Privacy and Social Networking in the Workplace

Learn about the use of social networking sites in the workplace and the privacy implications for both employees and employers.

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