Internet VS Privacy - A Helpful Venn Diagram

After yet another news story about Facebook leaking personal information, I figured I'd make this reminder to myself.


Update on re-use: I get a lot of mail from people who want to use this. So here's the deal: Go ahead! You have my permission, internet. Do what you want, it belongs to all of us now.

  • Dave Hoffman 5y

    It's Century Gothic. Similar to Futura, but to my eyes a little classier.
  • Anael Raziel 5y

  • NightTriker 5y

    Do you mind if I use this as my FB profile picture?
  • Dave Hoffman 5y

    Go right ahead.
  • wishiwerebaking 5y

    Well done.

  • lazergir1 5y

    I'm totally using this for my graduate midterm: 'Internet User Protection and Privacy Rights."
    Instant A! Thanks Dave!
  • Dave Hoffman 5y

    Go with my blessing, lazergir1.
  • wishiwerebaking 5y

    By the way, Dave, I incorporated this into a post at

  • Eldon Tyrell 5y

    Wow, I really must learn more about data (and Idea) visualization, as I had this concept at the center of my explanation of my privacy settings on Facebook and Twitter to my friends and colleagues for quite sometime but never could think of just jotting down a doodle like this. This art empowers you.
  • Steven Vance 5y

    Eldon Tyrell Sometimes when you put your hand and a pencil to paper, greater things that you can imagine come down.
    Dave Hoffman Dave, did you perhaps draw this on paper first?

    Consider adding it to this group.
  • Dave Hoffman 5y

    Steven, usually I am all about pencil and paper first. If I need to generate a lot of ideas, it's important to spit them all out as fast as possible on paper. They are probably useless to anyone else, but I can look back and recall all the ideas I had during that session at a glance.

    This, though, is pretty much just a doodle. I had the idea, I threw down some circles and a good typeface, kerned, nudged, colored, and there you go. That's why I'm surprised it caught on so well.

    I guess the lesson is a good idea simply executed can still resonate with folks.

    Also, thanks for the link to the group. I added it.
  • Neil Kandalgaonkar 5y

    For what it's worth, Wikipedia does only the minimum of tracking to combat spam, and is zealous about privacy. In fact, there are many longtime, well-known contributors who are only known by pseudonym, even to their friends on Wikipedia.

    So, while I appreciate the point, it's not "the Internet", it's the people running the popular sites, and their business models.
  • Steven Vance 5y

    Neil Kandalgaonkar Also consider how your ISP is tracking you on "the Internet."
  • johncantril 4y

    I agree people should be more responsible for their privacy on social networking sites. People should view privacy settings and carefully look over everything that they wish to post on the internet. Social networking sites should not be responsible for content the users put up voluntarily, even if it cannot be deleted.

    Social networking sites are making it hard for people to separate personal and professional lives on the internet. Some users only use social networking for strictly social purposes. However, many business are using sites such as Facebook for communication for employees. Also, people will look up prospective employees on social networking sites to learn more about them. A balance needs to always be maintained when using social networking.
    I do agree that a trend is going to start developing where people are going to use social networking less in an effort to protect themselves.
  • 4y

    This is excellent, well done!
  • Melanie Hutchinson 4y

    Very helpful visual- for kids and us!
  • Keith Bryant 4y

    Thanks for making this excellent illustration - and thanks for licensing it with CC! It will be used - with attribution!
  • Éothain 3y

  • Amber Oliverez 2y

    Can I use it for a school project?
  • Anne Marie Cunningham 3mo

    no longer cc licensed?
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