Internet – The Spy of information

Internet – the Spy of information With the rise of the Internet comes along with the growth of digital technology, people now can easily communicate, interact with others and do many things online more convenient than the time before. However, everything has its pros and cons and the Internet is a two-sided sword. If people do not use it properly, they may be harmed by their private information provided for the Internet. Let’s think about this scenario, you receive a phone call from a Fitness center and sms message about selling an apartment without knowing who they are, wonder how and where they get your information. This proves that online personal privacy is much more severe than we usually recognize, as what Jenkin (2006) said : “In the world of media convergence, every important story gets told, every brand gets sold and every consumer gets courted across multimedia platform”.  


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Media convergence is the interconnection of the information, contents and communication technologies of both old and new media that all have in a specific device such as smartphone, tablet or laptop (Jenkin, 2006). In fact, currently, everyone can shop, pay the bill or transfer the money online in one device. However, they might not be aware of the threat of personal private information they provide can make them become a target of a third-party company or even worse are hackers. Therefore, Online Personal Privacy is very important but people do not pay much attention to it. It is considered as the rights to secure also limit the access to personal information. (Sharbaugh, n.d).

In European countries and developed countries such as Australia, USA and Canada, they significantly concern about personal data posted online. 79% of Australians believe their private information is sent offshore and it becomes an approach for sales and marketing. (OAIC, 2013). However, in Asian countries, especially Vietnam, people are careless about the term “privacy”.

Have you ever noticed that the Internet is spying your private information and you or your family may become a victim for advertisers, marketers and criminals ?


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There are two main concerns for online privacy on the Internet including in social networks (Eg. Facebook, Twitter, ….) and in online banking and shopping.

Specifically, Facebook has become one of the largest social networks in the world. Even though this social network guarantees that all of users’ private information is being secured, the truth is contrasted. Facebook is denounced of reading users’ detailed private message and selling their information to advertisers and other data-miners (McGrath, 2014). In point of fact, you might notice that some Fanpages related to various companies and organizations appear on your Newsfeed but you have never clicked “Like” or “Follow” before. Another point is that the majority of Vietnamese people tend to share everything including their private information on Facebook without noticing the severe consequences might happen. (Sharbaugh, n.d). There are various cases in which the criminals can easily rob valuable things of others due to the share of locations, photos and information on Facebook.

Besides, thanks to the convenience of the Internet, online shopping and banking have been very popular recently. However, Vietnamese users might not be aware of its potential threats. In fact, in Vietnam, there are many people have been stolen the money in their bank accounts due to various ways of hackers. One of the way is install a strange application and virus for eavesdropping will be secretly sent into your phones. (Nhat, cited in Thanh Nien news, n.d)


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You should consider carefully before installing a strange application or sending your private information to avoid the unexpected problems that might occur.

References : Jenkins, H. 2006, “Introduction: Worship at the Altar of Convergence. A New Paradigm for Understanding Media Change,” in Convergence Culture: Where Old and New Media Collide (New York: New York University Press,), p. 1 -24.

McGrath, P. 2014, ‘Facebook alleged to have sold information in users’ private messages’, The ABC News, viewed 15 March 2015, <;

Nhat, B.L, n.d, ‘Be careful when using Mobile Banking’, Thanh Nien news, viewed 16 March 2015, <>

Sharbaugh, P n.d., ‘What’s Mine is Your’s: An Exploratory Study of Online Personal Privacy in Vietnam’, course note for COMM2383 Asian CyberCulture, RMIT University, Vietnam, viewed 15 March 2015, Blackboard@RMIT.

The OAIC, 2013, ‘Community Attitudes to Privacy survey’, Research Report, The Office of the Australian Information Commissioner, viewed 16 March 2015, <>


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