Bret Ellis - Vice President for Information Technology
The Privacy Discussion
MESSAGE FROM THE VP OF IT
Some of these data indiscretions include the consequences of charges made to a credit card, withdrawals from a bank account, all with potential future credit problems and inability to get a job or admittance to a university. It has been said that "anything a person says or does online, from a status update to a selfie, can and will be used as evidence against them on the Internet.” A recent statement from a "millenial" student was " if I'm not doing something wrong, why keep information about me private?"
A few words of advice from a "baby-boomer".... 1) review the privacy settings on your social networks, 2) Opt out of state and national databases such as utvoters.com, 3) never share information such as birth year, or address in your profiles. 4) using a debit card is great for budgeting but have some risks...check the account activity regularly, 5) if in doubt about an on-line requests for your information, contact the company in a different way to double check the veracity of the company and finally 6) while it may be difficult to control who posts pictures of you on their pages, respectfully request that they be taken down if they would make your mom blush.
Here's to a long and successful life and best wishes in keeping your data parts private
Dr. Bret Ellis