Online privacy

Online privacy is a big issue at the moment, people and governments alike are grappling with the issue. Only a few weeks ago I was at an event hosted by Dr Kieron O’Hara who has been appointed by the cabinet office to look at privacy issues in the release of transparent data by the government. And of course you don’t have to look too far before you find countless examples of people discussing the privacy issues relating to Facebook.

Emer Coleman suggested at the aforementioned event that indeed it depends on your age as to your view on privacy “my 18 year old son has a different view to me, but I have a different view to my mum”.

I guess privacy and trust is therefore variable depending on an individuals perspective. You can opt into or out of what you like, although I don’t think people see it this way, after all wikileaks has shown that no one including the mighty American government is safe from privacy breaches.

I was not surprised at the outcry only last year when facebook tried to change its terms on data ownership, nor indeed the continued and mounting pressure building around it’s privacy settings. I don’t envy them as it’s not a straight forward problem to fix, particularly given Emer’s comment but then you don’t have to register on facebook and you can leave facebook!

When I had the original idea for eventility way back when, it was because I felt people would like to have a service which helped them do things socially, i.e. Find somewhere to go, organize their friends and promote the event or club, group and community. I wanted to use the principles of social networking (although I’m not sure that term existed back then!) to help people be less network more social as it were. But, even then I felt that people would intrinsically want the network to be private, or at least protected to a degree.

I felt that eventility should be a safe place for children as well as adults and that controls should be in place to make sure this was the case. Certainly when I speak to parents this is what they’d like.

So this is what we’ve created, a tool based on social networking but where people aren’t discoverable. That way i can join a train spotting group and ballroom dancing community and you dont know unless youre a member of the same and therefore understand why I am that bit more!

Our default is to always ask, is this event private? Is this place private? Is this club, group or community private? You can still access and benefit from our organization tools and you can promote it to your selected friends, but we will keep it and you private from the world.

If however you want to make your event, club, group, community or place public, then great people will benefit from seeing the information and you’ll discover new attendees, new members and new customers. Moreover we can help you shout from the rooftops about what you’re up to as we connect you with your facebook friends and twitter followers and we push everything out to our selected data partners… And believe us, some of these guys really know how to promote stuff!!!

So, privacy is a complicated issue, but with us it’s our default, and remember you can start for FREE with eventility!

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