Discretion is advised for online activity because the internet is public. There is a chance anyone and everyone can see our data.
Most people would never think to look. Others would never think about looking. Some people expose private information for others to see without trying.
We are reminded that the information we share is voluntary. We don’t have to share anything.
It is the course of ethical action. There are guidelines for the type of information we share. Within the rules of correspondence there are social considerations we make.
Using judgement implies an ethical consideration. The best decision for you as a person that includes the consideration of others. The Golden Rule is the boundary.
Doing things solely in your best interest often times are unethical. There are consequences for this type of behavior.
Many people just do not know any better. They do not understand the consequences of their actions. Discretionary decision making requires information gathering. All things considered.
Taking an online action that we know is not in the best interest of ourselves or our community is bad judgement. It is corrupt. Doing some things online without knowing the consequences is a bad decision. Good decision making requires information gathering when we do not know any better.
The user decision about how much information to provide online contacts is a course of ethical action. A personal judgment is required when filling out online profiles. Writing messages to contacts requires it as well.
Finding Your Personal Style
Use discretion because data can easily be compromised. It is proper netiquette.
Accessing information is optional in many cases. Hacking the data of another is always against the law. Some people do not know any better. Using a strong password is a good decision.
Unauthorized acquisition of data is hacking. There is a lot of hacking. Data is easily compromised by mistake and on purpose. Personal judgment is commonly used to determine information sharing practices.