Twitter Chat: Is anything private online?

BY Bridget Shirvell  February 19, 2014 at 12:12 PM EST

FacebookPBS NewsHour holds live Twitter chats each Thursday from 1 to 2 p.m. EST. Join us on Twitter @NewsHour using the hashtag #NewsHourChats.

More than 70 percent of adults who go online use a social networking site of some kind. The popularity of sites such as Facebook, Twitter and others, makes it easy to forget how new social media is. Social media norms and rules, especially ones regarding privacy, are still evolving.

Just how much privacy can we expect when we use the Internet? Anyone who has ever been shopping online, only to check Facebook and see an ad from the retailer site they just visited, will probably think, “not much.”

According to a 2013 Pew Research Internet Privacy survey, 21 percent of Internet users have had an email or social networking account compromised, 12 percent have been stalked or harassed online and 11 percent have had important personal information stolen, such as their Social Security number, credit card or bank account information.

So, how do you decide what to share online? What does online privacy mean to you? What’s the best way for concerned individuals to protect their privacy online? Join PBS NewsHour here and on Twitter on Feb. 20, from 1 to 2 p.m. EST, for a very public chat on online privacy. Use the #NewsHourChats to tweet comments and questions.