If you were the spouse of the country’s next lead officer for its secret intelligence agency, would you join facebook? Apparently, it wasn’t a dilemma for the wife of Sir John Sawers, MI6’s next head honcho.  Information shared in her account included details of the couple’s friendships with senior diplomats, location of their London flat, their children, Sir John’s parents, along with a couple of pictures.  

There was such a big fuss when this became known, because as critics say, it is undeniably a security issue.  Amidst all the hullabaloo, one thing that really caught my attention here is the biting remark from  MP Mercer, chairman of UK’s counterterrorism subcommittee.  He said “A great deal of taxpayers’ money has been spent over the past several decades making sure he and his family are protected from security compromises. Well, it doesn’t seem to be very relevant any more, does it?” 

Don’t bother looking for the account now because according to a BBC news article, the account has been taken out of the site.

Here’s the link to the article in case you are interested: MI6 boss in Facebook entry row.

Hm, I’m sure she had good intentions.  Too bad her husband is the country’s most senior intelligence officer.  So anyway, how does this whole thing relate to us? Just a reminder that we need to be more mindful of what we share via the internet.  Though there are security options offered in each website we go to or use, the best defense is to think carefully about what we publish.

Remember that facebook picture being circulated of a girl with her down-there being shown to the whole wide world? Yep.  Extreme case, I know.  But it drives home the point, right? 🙂


~ by moonsparks on July 6, 2009.

2 Responses to “facebook”

  1. the wife should have been more careful given that her husband is the top security officer. what was she thinking?



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