“If employers want to look, I make a conscious effort to ensure that there is nothing up there that I wouldn’t want known about myself”Is online privacy an issue that UCD students are conscious of? When first year engineering student, Jack O’Connor was questioned about this, his response was quite unique, but with relative connotations for all students.“I was recently pictured in multiple newspapers during the Big Brother auditions, so I think I’ve had enough negative exposure!” he explains. However, in relation to Bebo he admits that he is fortunate saying, “There have been no photos [of me online] that I’ve had a problem with.”First year Medicinal Chemistry and Chemical Biology student, Carole Quigley states, “I purposely have no drunken pictures of myself online. I’ve never been in a picture with a drink in my hand.”“Employers have been known to check up [online] on potential employees.” While Quigley doesn’t like the idea of them doing so, she accepts that, “if employers want to look, I make a conscious effort to ensure that there is nothing up there that I wouldn’t want known about myself.”Regarding prospective employers viewing his Bebo profile, O’Connor said “I’m only in college, it’s the time and the place to do things that you can’t do for the rest of your life, so I think it would be very unfair to be judged on my actions in college for the rest of my life.”While O’Connor suggests that he should be able to enjoy privacy online, he also states that “people don’t usually put up pictures that are that bad.” So in that respect the soundness of friends’ actions seems to act as a type of privacy protection that students must rely on.In light of the availability of our private life online, the question of how to prevent intrusions must be examined. Making your profile private no longer seems to be enough. Although it is possible to ask the site monitor to remove your image from social websites, this may not fully remove them from the online annals.Privacy is being invaded due to new internet sites and technological advances; Pipl.com for example, is a query-engine that helps you find deep web pages that cannot be found on regular search engines. On this site there is even an option to search people’s mobile phone numbers.With websites like this, it is fair to say that the internet has shifted from a social outlet to an intrusion of our privacy. In the long run, are Bebo and Facebook sites more of a threat then a form of entertainment?