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General Etiquette => Techno-quette => Topic started by: MommyPenguin on October 28, 2013, 02:11:51 PM

Title: Publicly announcing somebody else's address on Facebook? It's okay, post 3
Post by: MommyPenguin on October 28, 2013, 02:11:51 PM
So, I am still Facebook friends with a number of people from a church I used to go to, before we moved away.  This church has this *amazing* woman who has just turn 100 and still runs her own business, etc.  Anyway, somebody from the church (who I am friends with) just posted, "For those who have been asking, <birthday woman's address>."  I'm assuming people have been asking where to send cards/gifts.  But the reality of it is, she's just posted a 100-year-old woman's address on Facebook.  *Probably* only friends can see it, but it still seems like it could be a security risk.  What if the elderly woman lives alone?  People can probably assume she does from context (I don't know if she does, though).

Should I say something to my friend?  Or is that overstepping?
Title: Re: Publicly announcing somebody else's address on Facebook?
Post by: jedikaiti on October 28, 2013, 02:36:29 PM
Unless you are CERTAIN it is only viewable to the woman's friends, I would suggest that you mention that the post may very well be visible to anyone on the earth, including con artists and burglars.
Title: Re: Publicly announcing somebody else's address on Facebook?
Post by: auntmeegs on October 28, 2013, 02:44:51 PM
You said the birthday woman still runs a business - is it possible that your FB friend gave out the woman's work address, not her home address?
Title: Re: Publicly announcing somebody else's address on Facebook?
Post by: MommyPenguin on October 28, 2013, 03:42:09 PM
I just asked, and it turns out that the woman lives in a retirement home with full security.  So it shouldn't be an issue of somebody having her information, as they are unlikely to be able to get in/think it worth the risk, anyway.

Thanks!
Title: Re: Publicly announcing somebody else's address on Facebook? It's okay, post 3
Post by: jedikaiti on October 28, 2013, 06:36:21 PM
That's good, but I hope someone doesn't send her some scam mail!
Title: Re: Publicly announcing somebody else's address on Facebook? It's okay, post 3
Post by: *inviteseller on October 28, 2013, 10:16:00 PM
It doesn't matter if she lives by herself in a house with no locks or a high security nursing home...addresses, phone numbers and the like should never be posted on FB.  A cutoff relative may see it, someone looking to scam grandma through a shady business deal may see it, it just is not done.  The person who did it should be counciled that the address should have only been given out privately to people she actually knows and interacts with.
Title: Re: Publicly announcing somebody else's address on Facebook? It's okay, post 3
Post by: Kiwichick on October 30, 2013, 10:10:48 AM
It doesn't matter if she lives by herself in a house with no locks or a high security nursing home...addresses, phone numbers and the like should never be posted on FB.  A cutoff relative may see it, someone looking to scam grandma through a shady business deal may see it, it just is not done.  The person who did it should be counciled that the address should have only been given out privately to people she actually knows and interacts with.

Assuming of course that the woman hasn't given permission for the OPs friend to publicise her address.
Title: Re: Publicly announcing somebody else's address on Facebook? It's okay, post 3
Post by: veronaz on October 30, 2013, 10:14:38 AM
It doesn't matter if she lives by herself in a house with no locks or a high security nursing home...addresses, phone numbers and the like should never be posted on FB.  A cutoff relative may see it, someone looking to scam grandma through a shady business deal may see it, it just is not done.  The person who did it should be counciled that the address should have only been given out privately to people she actually knows and interacts with.

Parking my POD here.
Title: Re: Publicly announcing somebody else's address on Facebook? It's okay, post 3
Post by: gramma dishes on October 30, 2013, 10:32:07 AM
It doesn't matter if she lives by herself in a house with no locks or a high security nursing home...addresses, phone numbers and the like should never be posted on FB.  A cutoff relative may see it, someone looking to scam grandma through a shady business deal may see it, it just is not done.  The person who did it should be counciled that the address should have only been given out privately to people she actually knows and interacts with.

Parking my POD here.

I agree.
Title: Re: Publicly announcing somebody else's address on Facebook? It's okay, post 3
Post by: lurkerwisp on December 03, 2013, 04:35:36 PM
Me too.

It's a basic rule of the internet.  You don't post someone's address anywhere.