A big culprit: “sharenting,” or parents willingly giving away their children’s information, like name and date of birth. Those Facebook birth announcements may be posted with innocent intentions, but they can come with serious consequences. According to security experts at Barclays consulted for the children’s commissioner report, this leaves the door open to identity theft. The experts cited criminal reports where kids’ data was stashed away until they turned 18, upon which fraudulent credit card and loans applications were created in their names.
I am always intrigued by what we share online and the implications this may have. One area that interests me is the consequence of inadvertantly sharing things like photographs. Do social media sites even care if we tag or not? Do they automatically tag? Is this attached to our shadow profile? As the New York Times highlights, the collation of tracking data by third parties is currently unregulated.