On another thread, mrsjones said:
And before anyone says anything this conversation was not in an email nor was it through personal message, it was not private. It's on my fb newsfeed and any one of my friends can access the conversation.
It got me to thinking. Are emails assumed to be confidential and private? What about phone calls? PMs via Facebook?
Why? It seems to me that if you send me a message by whatever form, that information is mine to do what I wish with. I'm not advocating being a jerk and spreading hurtful information, and I'm not saying confidentiality should not be prudently exercised. I'm just trying to pin down what most people think about ownership of information and whether privacy and confidentiality are obligatory, and why. If you send me an email, isn't it mine?
(Note: JWN PMs are considered private because of the posting guidelines, and this thread isn't to debate that particular rule.)