Privacy and social networking websites Privacy and the law What if someone has taken a picture or video of me doing something private? Protecting your privacy What can I do if my personal privacy has been invaded?The right to personal privacy is a basic human right that is protected by the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child.If your personal information falls into the wrong hands, it can pose a safety risk.For example, sharing your location, schedule or other information about your activities online can allow people to follow or stalk you.There are ways to reduce the risk of that happening.See our fact sheet on identity theft for more information.Privacy issues arise almost every day, for example when you’re using Facebook, shopping or banking online, receiving unwanted calls from telemarketers, or sharing secrets with your friends.It’s important to protect your own personal information and the personal information of others.
Depending on your privacy settings, teachers, employers or people you don't know, may be able to see your posts.
There are many ways our personal privacy can be invaded—our private messages or photos may be revealed, our secrets may be exposed, or details about our relationships may be released to the public.
Luckily, there are ways to reduce the risk of that happening, and ways to deal with it if it has already happened.
Even sharing the most basic information about yourself, like your name and birth date, can help a person steal your identity.
An identity thief can use your personal information to do things like stealing money or trick you into buying something, misusing social media websites such as Facebook to create a fake profile of you or hack into your email.
Even after you delete photos, chat logs and other information from your account, sites like Facebook store this data for long periods of time and may choose to share this data with other companies.