Implications of social media on infringement of society's sense of privacy in Kenya
Through use of social media we are increasingly linked together across the globe and this has somewhat dismantled the structures of time and space. These tools of technology (Face-book, My Space, Hi5, You-tube, Twitter) have really opened the door of opportunity for the sharing, creating, and distribution of content. On the flip side, however, they have made it easy to somewhat engage in criminality, and infringe on fundamental civil rights. This is where the issue of privacy comes in; the tools make it extremely easy for a user to unknowingly share personal information that may harm them. The capabilities of being able to see and predict one's personal life through new media has caught the attention of many people, and this research attempts to establish the implications of social media on society's sense of privacy, specifically in Kenya. Given the weak regulations meant to protect privacy, this research argues that Kenyans are at risk of technological infringement on their privacy. Besides, most users are less concerned with their privacy; instead they are keen on gaining popularity on these sites. Like other countries, this study contends that new regulations are needed to protect Kenyans from cyber predators and protect them, especially the impressionable young people, from risks posed by technological advancement and embracement.