I’m about to share a tale with you. My daughter told me about this, and I have no verification of it other than my daughter saying that she saw multiple accounts on TikTok. For the record, I don’t give a flying rats bottom about TikTok…. Whether or not this story is true, I thought it was pretty interesting for a discussion, as to privacy and such.
A couple (man and woman) were at a sporting event. They were obviously partners based on the conversation that was overheard by the people behind them.
During the course of the sporting event, the people behind them saw the man sending anatomy pictures to someone else. (he was getting responses to the pictures and it wasn’t from the woman sitting next to him.)
The next day, the people behind them reached out on social media to find the woman who was in front of them. They included seat locations, event title and I think they figured out the woman’s name. In the message on social media, they shared a picture they had snapped of the guys phone to say that he was cheating on his partner.
Apparently the woman was found, but I have no idea about the ever afters.
As we were talking about privacy last week…
Do you read over people’s shoulders? (back when there were actual newspapers that people read on mass transit, there was a joke that you couldn’t get off at your stop if your seatmate was still reading your paper)
Have you ever been out and looked at someone’s phone, tablet, computer or notebook? I know if I see someone with a handwritten TO DO list I can’t help but sneak a peak…
If you saw something that bothered you while reading someone else’s device, what would you do?
Is it right for someone to get involved in the personal life of another, when they have absolutely no idea about the particulars?
Are the people shaming the others doing it for the good of the sisterhood, or are they just trying to go viral?
If you’re out and about, should you be displaying anything that you don’t want read?
My friend’s son is currently going for his MSW, which includes clinic hours with sensitive information. He didn’t want to do his work on the train from the city to his parent’s house as he said he was dealing with client files. Have you ever done work with sensitive documents in a public location? (I know my husband can’t randomly set up his computer on any network at a Starbucks or such- it has to pass some sort of network sensitivity test to avoid private data being on a public network- and people reading over your shoulder)]
I freely admit that I am an eavesdropper. 100%. I figure if someone is talking loudly enough for me to hear it, the information is no longer private. But is hearing something different because you aren’t actively looking for it?
Where do we stand on reading someone’s phone or such? Where do we stand on public shaming? What is and isn’t our business?