Only two months ago I blogged about another confrontation between Facebook and users' rights to privacy. At that time I quoted Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg as stating, “The company [Facebook] treads a delicate balance between protecting privacy rights and promoting social networking."
Well apparently he still is off balance. Over 100 million Facbook user ids, including passwords, were published. The person responsible, a 3rd party security specialist, Mr,. Ron Bowes, may have had the right intention - but to subsequently publish the information on BitTorrent - I am not sure what that was all about.
The related issues of privacy, security and records management in this 2.0 world are in the spot light more and more. As I have blogged and presented before, the interplay between access and transparency, and security and privacy is the ultimate design decision of E2.0, knowledge management and ECM systems alike. Earlier today I blogged on e-mail management violations in Boston City Hall. At last month's Enterprise 2.0 Conference, I presented research on how private enterprise are dealing with privacy in a 2.0 world.
It is clearly one of the hotter topics - and one that this industry has got to get right - hopefully soon, less there be a sacraficial lamb that finally forces the issue to the limit.