A Simple Way to Avoid Being the Next Star Wars Kid

Privacy and Security

Article Snapshot


Jonathan Zittrain


The Sunday Times, May 4, 2008


This short article describes how users can protect their privacy online.

Policy Relevance

Internet users should flag images intended to be private so that other users can see and respect their wishes.

Main Points

  • A boy filmed himself as a Star Wars character and his friends put the film online, embarrasing the boy.

  • Web content sites flag parts of their site that they do not want to be searched by bots, and their wishes are respected.

  • Users could flag files they want to remain private. Other users, seeing the flag, are more likely to respect the user's wishes.

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