Do you socialize a lot online? Is it through chat, email or voice over internet telephony? Do you make a lot of online transactions? Where? Ebay?
If you have answered yes to a lot of those questions, here is another question for you: Do you read the terms of service of the sites that you sign up for in order to utilize their services? If yes, do you make sure that you even have a copy of it? If not, maybe it is time you should.
When we sign up for online services, we give out a lot of information about us. Some might be as detailed as including bank account numbers and credit card numbers too, especially if these are banking services and/or online auctions. There are different terms of service and privacy statements. Sometimes we just sign up without bothering to read on those. There are actually some sites that change their terms of service without notifying the users. Same thing goes for their privacy clause.
Usually privacy clauses would say that the information you provide is confidential and that they would not be passed on to others. However you cannot be too sure about them all the time. There are different cases linked to identity theft because of the information others have taken off the Internet. In America, there are some documentaries already and hopefully there will be sensible actions to be done about it. You don’t want to worry too much about buying flowers for your wife using your credit card. It is better to be aware rather than to feel sorry in the end.