There Is No Such Thing as Private Data (The Atlantic)


Just a few years after social media began to permeate students’ high-school experiences, the terrifying rumors began to spread: a liberal arts college that rescinded an admissions offer after coming across a misguided Facebook post; competitive applicants that send “anonymous tips” to admissions committees with links to photos from a rival’s weekend shenanigans.

Students began diving into their Facebook privacy settings to scrub their walls, timelines, and photo albums of any remotely incriminating public content. Rather than sanitizing their profiles, some chose to change their names on Facebook to avoid scrutiny, or even to delete their accounts altogether, at least until after they get their last acceptance letter.