Thursday 21 August 2014
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Don’t Scruple about Joining Sgrouples

With the boom of social media, privacy has been pushed aside in our lives. But Sgrouples (confused with Scruples) believes that privacy is coming back, and in a big way.

Many online companies claim to protect our privacy, but new evidence shows that many popular sites have been negligent to uphold their policies. Google has been penalized millions of dollars for violating its privacy policies. Path was fined about $800,000 by the FTC — their second violation in as many years — for breaching their privacy policy. And finally, Instagram eventually backtracked on their stance to take ownership over their members pictures. So it’s no wonder so many of us scruple about the unreliable state of privacy in social media.

So can we ever trust again?

It seems many of us ignore or under-perceive the implications of false privacy claims on social media accounts. It may be the fact that we perceive social media sites like Facebook and Twitter as “too big to fail,” and opting out isn’t realistic in this growing age of technology. But the concern over privacy is still there. According to Truste, 90 percent of us still worry about online privacy. But there’s only so much we can do, right?

In today’s post-PRISM era, we need to make some tough choices about how private we want to be online. In the words of president Barrack Obama, we need to “strengthen privacy protections for the digital age and … harness the power of technology to hold government and business accountable for violations of personal privacy.” In other words, we need to vote not only with our ballot, but with our mouse as well.

Sgrouples (nicknamed Scruples) hopes to solve this problem and lessen the gap between social media and online privacy. Our site is a private, social media collaboration platform that groups your real life communities under one roof.  In fact, many have called us “Facebook and Dropbox with privacy.” Sgrouples was founded on the principle of “privacy by design,” where we hold ourselves to our strict Privacy Bill of Rights. We do not track. We do not scrape your data and we do not sell it to second parties.

Sgrouples has also updated its service to integrate with Facebook, LinkedIn and Twitter. Users can now now see their social media newsfeeds from within Sgrouples, making it easier than ever to share, re-post and reply to co-workers and business partners.

In short, people are entitled to interact privately. In many ways, we socialize with different groups in different ways. We speak differently to our parents than our friends, to our co-workers than our children and so on. And we want to keep that discretion intact, no matter how electronic this world gets.

So don’t hesitate to take that leap of faith and join Sgrouples today.

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