Professional Responsibility Meets Facebook, Another Oops the Bar

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  1. Woody says:

    Danielle,
    I agree. The assertion that “Twenty-somethings have a much-reduced sense of personal privacy” could be a bit of an overstatement. Fred S. and I conducted research this summer that demonstrated a number of different techniques employed by users to protect their privacy.

    http://fredstutzman.com/tmp/AOIR_Final_NoTC.pdf

    While a few users might get carried away with the idea of “security through obscurity,” our research leads me to believe that many users rely upon practical obscurity for benefits other than privacy, such as identity, utility and propriety.

  2. Logan says:

    Danielle,
    How did these lawyers graduate from college, let alone law school or pass the bar? I’m not a lawyer or a law student but what kind of ethics classes are these individuals taking? I suppose I was lucky in that I went to undergrad during the rise of social networking and that my alma mater (Go App State!) made sure to include coursework in the complications that arise from social networking sites.

    Woody,
    Interesting article. I agree with your theory. I maintain multiple profiles (through privacy settings) to separate individuals into distinct groups (Close Friends, Acquaintances, Co-Workers, Family) for the utility I receive from it.

  3. Woody and Logan, yes, the link to Woody’s work looks fantastic and will be very helpful as I work on an article addressing the privacy implications of Government 2.0 (which will come out in the GWU Law Review and appear on their new Arguendo site). And Logan, I am with you–it does boggle the mind. Thanks for the great comments. Danielle