Sounds like an oxymoron, but this debate has been raging since the words social media popped into the ether. “Don’t tell people anything or someone will get you” sounds like the old story of the boogeyman in your closet. There of course is a legitimate concern about giving details of your private life away so people can steal things or harm you. But how about in the business world?
This morning I read an article about sensitive documents leaked from various government sources through peer to peer (P2P) networks. In this circumstance the culprit was LimeWire, but it could have been any of them. Details on a safe house for the first family in the event of a national emergency was just the latest in a string of leaks. Previously the routes of the President’s limo were leaked. In January sensitive details about the President’s helicopter were leaked through a P2P network.
This prompted Representative Edolphus Towns (D-NY) to call for a ban of P2P software on all government and contractor computers. Others are calling for investigations of the makers of P2P software as enabling illegal activity and unfair trading practices.