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Submitted by Anonymous on
The strongest advocates of tying online personas to real people are, not surprisingly, those whose business models would benefit from being able to use (or abuse) that information. Integrity only comes into play where legal or social norms dictate an online persona should map one-to-one directly to an individual: banking and certain commerce sites perhaps. The weak implementation of privacy controls on most social network sites raises serious personal safety issues where users can't easily disassociate personal information from their online presence or control visibility where needed. In many jurisdictions, there are serious legal ramifications related to information passing from personal life to employment. Many employers consider religion, politics, and lifestyle to be things "best left at home," but single identity sites who randomly change privacy policies, like one particular offender, can expose that information to business colleagues and co-workers.