Websites should be more responsible

PUBLISHED : Tuesday, 31 August, 2010, 12:00am
UPDATED : Tuesday, 31 August, 2010, 12:00am

I am writing to comment on Facebook's leaking of its users' personal information.

We all know we have to be very careful with our personal details in the virtual community. People have become increasingly aware of the right to protect their personal information. They install protective software on their computers, and are careful about the information they put online.

But what if your personal details were leaked by the company that runs the webpage? It is difficult to control this kind of situation. More importantly, you might not even know it's happened.

After educating people to protect themselves, it's time for the companies which run websites to observe the ethics they supposedly uphold.

Candy Lo, Hang Seng School of Commerce

From the Editor

Thank you for your letter, Candy. We often hear of people's personal information being shared without their permission, or, even worse, of that information being used to make or steal money, or trick people.

In an ideal world, all website companies would have ways to ensure anything we entered into their sites would be protected. But that's not realistic. There will always be a clever hacker who works out how to find information.

It's up to us to protect our personal information. Be careful when you share details such as your address and bank details, and never reveal such details to an online 'friend' you don't know in person.

If you're a little bit careful, you can avoid many of the dangers of the internet. If you don't type your information in, people will struggle to find it.

Karly, Deputy Editor