The Age of no Privacy
I have to confess: I am a paranoiac. Not in a severe way, but still: I always try to clean up my internet traces, not to publish sensitive information (photos, addresses, telephone numbers) on the Net and keep my privacy as private as possible.
I do not work with secrets nor do illegal stuff, I just clearly see how "transparent" we are in the eyes of everyone who is interested - with all these social networks and global companies, steadily gathering data on us.
Anyway, it does not help a lot: it seems that we live in a century where true privacy is a luxury.
Big brother is watching you
Whether you are looking for something or just surfing around, you leave multiple traces on the Net. Sites log your visits: an IP address, a browser, a screen size, which site you have just visited, what you do on that site and so on and so forth.
Providers gather data about you - in case special services might need the data of possible criminals. They know not only which sites you visit, but also your personal ID (passport), address, mobile phones, et cetera.
Big companies gather data about you (and they really do know a lot!). For instance, Google does it now across multiple services: Mail, YouTube, Search - anything will do. It might be scary if you just imagine what a huge dossier Google has on you - go and check . They know our interests, hobbies, geographic location... They say it`s aimed at providing better services. Might be, might be. But how could we control them?
Mobile phones with all of our private data like SMSes, calendars, photos... Those all nude celebrity leaks from phones - it`s also a growing challenge. As phones become smarter each year, as we pump more information to these gadgets, loss of the phone usually means
The nail in the coffin of privacy are definitely social networks. They allow you to share everything about yourselves. Even if you do censor yourself or share it only with friends... Well, it`s no private at all.
Is anonymity a solution?
Despite we`re steadily moving from the "anarchic" Internet of 90-s and early 2000-s to the controlled and not-really-anonymous Net, there are still options to surf anonymously.
Turn off everything (cache/history/etc), do not log on to anywhere, use proxies - you might be unspotted for a while. But even the most anonymous guys somehow get caught.
And also while being anonymous you lose a huge part of modern life conveniences: you cannot use geolocation properly, control your personal accounts or use most services that reuire a registration.
Privacy is not an option. Just put up with it
Well, okay. I`m not Brad Pitt or other celebrity. I`m not an owner of multimillion business. I don`t know valued secrets to worry about. I`m just the person. Why should I care?
Okay, may all the world have an access to pictures of me and my wife or to texts where we were exchanging silly compliments. Okay, let all the world know my mobile number or home address - so what? Why might I be of interest to them? Go ahead, call me or drop me a line by conventional paper letter. Or try to rob/insult me, but I`ll be a criminal offence. People staring at the private stuff is supposedly not good, but why should we worry?
Maybe we should not. But also let us not forget that any information you post on the networks might be really sensitive. Post that you`re on a vacation and your address - voila, malefactors underline a fresh line in their dark lists. Your amusing photo where you were dancing drunk might come to light few years later, when you`ll be a director or company ruler.
So please, be little bit careful about your privacy, and please share your thoughts on the issue!