What has helped the giant social network Facebook, which has just been operational for eight years, collect a huge sum of 30 billion dollars at the initial public offering (IPO)?
The answer is that the personal information of millions of people accessing to the network everyday has been enriching the founder of Facebook – Mark Zuckerberg.
While European law makers are trying to deal with the giants Facebook and Google–by releasing a set of rules on personal information protection in the Internet environment, Vietnamese people keep spontaneously providing personal information when joining the networks.
The rapid development of the information technology has helped turn the decade-dream of the most superb intelligence agencies, such as CIA, KGB, MI6 hay Mossad, into reality, when the owners of the leading information technology groups in the world have the personal information of billions of people around the world.
It is estimated that Facebook alone has tens of thousands of servers which contain a huge volume of data collected from 500 million people–sharing their information on Facebook every day, from 800 million visitors every month, billions of images and tens of billions of entries.
The important things that helped Facebook earn the huge profit in the IPO, were the 100 millions of billions of bytes of images and videos stored in the servers
Europe proves to be the continent which has realized that personal information has become the thing that enriches the US social network owners. China, the country with the highest population in the world, has also quickly applied the policies to strictly control some websites, including Google. Especially, it once prohibited the access to Facebook.
In Vietnam, the millions of people using Internet and accessing social networks every day do not read the terms carefully. They have not realized that Google, Yahoo or Facebook have their personal information about the age, sex, emails, files and images, political viewpoints, private relationships.
A lot of people believe that they can erase the personal information easily. However, in fact, the data will survive permanently in the servers of the social networks.
What will the information be used for? The simplest answer is that the information would be used for surveying the market after considering the taste of consumers. Besides, the information could also be used for many other purposes that many people still cannot think of.
It seems that Vietnamese people are ready to provide personal information everywhere. In many cases, they would provide personal information just to get a shampoo product.
Nearly all the Vietnamese people, especially urbanites and office workers, have become the victims of the information violations. The spam emails that invite people to take insurance policies or buy consumer products appear in their email accounts or mobile phones everyday.
Vietnamese enterprises do not think that they need to keep customers’ information confidential, because they have never faced the lawsuits, under which people sued them for damages for personal information disclosure.
If someone deposits money at a bank, or he opens a new account for securities transactions, his personal information and email addresses would be provided to other businesses. The man would receive a lot of calls later which persuade them to buy goods from the businesses.
Experts have called on to carry out serious surveys on social networks. Why doesn’t Vietnam think of asking the giants to share the huge profits they can get from the personal information of millions of Vietnamese people using Google or Facebook?
Source: Dai Doan Ket