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Wednesday, January 31, 2007

A Peek Into One's Profile

In recent times, there has been lot of talk about privacy on the internet. Social networking sites are usually the focal point of such debates. Most people would not want their personal profiles (like the one in Orkut) to show up in search results. Social networking sites like Orkut take care of this as only registered users have access to your profile. Even this doesn’t ensure that your info remains private.

While googling for a person’s name, I noticed that the person’s profile on a popular Indian matchmaking portal was among the top results. I don’t understand why the Indian matrimonial site is offering free access to this information. Shouldn’t the profile be available only to people who are actively looking for partners. It may make sense for the Indian matrimonial site to offer this information only to registered users. I don’t think most people know that such a profile can throw up in search results. If that is the case, they might have taken up this issue with the respective sites. Maybe this clause is neatly tucked under the terms and conditions page where people usually click on the ACCEPT button.

Those who have refrained from disclosing their name in such sites can heave a sigh of relief. The others need to bear in mind that all their personal info is just a click away.

11 Comments:

  • Welcome back !

    By Blogger RaajK, at 2:11 PM  

  • Yea true! nice post to highlite this!!

    By Blogger Shiv, at 4:22 PM  

  • Welcome back Kaps.

    By Blogger Chakra Sampath, at 7:08 PM  

  • Welcome back. That was a long break :)

    By Blogger ah_neh, at 8:06 PM  

  • thats what exactly i felt when i saw some guys profile in matrimonial sites.

    Its just yuck to find such such personal details searchable.

    By Blogger Magnolia, at 1:12 AM  

  • welcome back mafia ;-)

    By Anonymous prakash, at 3:48 AM  

  • Thanks everyone. It's good to be back.

    Magnolia,
    I hope the sites take this issue seriously.

    By Blogger Kaps, at 11:17 AM  

  • profile popping up sometimes is ok, (im not sayin its right).
    this has happened for me with ringo (A site dedicated for photographs like yahoo photos/flickr) n that was too horrible to find your photograph that too when it is easily viewable by anyone!

    By Blogger januM, at 8:43 PM  

  • Welcome back

    I was surprised to see my name / profile (of forums, flickr etc) in some search results. However, in matrimonial sites, I think one is aware of how much info is public before they create their profiles.

    Cheers
    SLN

    By Blogger SLN, at 3:21 AM  

  • Would be great if you list down the sites that do this... would help people stay away from those sites!

    By Anonymous Govar, at 12:33 PM  

  • hey, the catch in these matrimonial sites is that they dont give away contact information to all .

    that is shown only to paid memebers.

    have a look at tamilmatrimony.com
    u have to pay and get the id to access the contact info.
    so that much people are safe

    By Blogger monu, at 10:23 PM  

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