Privacy as an afterthought

I’ve fallen down on the job a bit as a blogger and a human.

In the last post, I freely quoted an event listing from the library website which included some contact information.

On another post I also allowed Sean’s comment to publish, and it contained a bit more information (a website), though I decided to withhold another person’s comment along those lines.

Nevertheless, Joe rightfully took us to task.

While Sean and I certainly didn’t intend to create trouble for anyone, Joe’s comment made me rethink allowing that contact information to be available here.  I’ve redacted the phone numbers and email addresses.  Bloggers and media outlets are sometimes too quick to facilitate the invasion of someone’s privacy.  I can’t do anything to prevent that information being available elsewhere, but this blog is one place where I can, through careful editing/moderating, raise the tenor of controverial topics and avoid publishing information which might possibly place someone in harm’s way.  Let’s face it — although we’ve had a glimpse of a certain kind of crazy lately, there’s a fair amount of “counter-crazy” trolling the blogs & media sites of central Massachusetts, and they can be just as hateful in their way as those to whom they’re opposed.

I’ll try to be a bit more circumspect here, and I challenge other bloggers & the mainstream media to be careful as well.

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3 thoughts on “Privacy as an afterthought

  1. zed says:

    If the information is already in the public domain, people will connect the dots.

    • Nicole says:

      Correct. The question — as I see it — is whether it should be present here.

      I don’t think it serves any constructive purpose, so we’re keeping it off of this site.

  2. Joe says:

    I was able to connect the dots that Sean did, as well.

    Just throwing out there that the possibility of mistaken identity exists.

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