I am going to start this blog with a daunting quote made by Eric Schmidt the CEO of Google:
With your permission, you give us more information about you, about your friends, and we can improve the quality of our searches. We don’t need you to type at all. We know where you are. We know where you’ve been. We can more or less know what you’re thinking about.
He describes his company policy as follows “to get right up to the creepy line and not cross it.” But what if it already has? By definition privacy involves the ability to seclude yourself or information about yourself. It is the state of being free from public attention.
My research however, has shown me that privacy in the online world is more of an illusion than anything else. Followed by the misconception of being able to simply “delete” your information. Having the attitude of “its fine, don’t worry, I can delete it later” will simply not cut it, and this is why. While you sit in class or board a flight as in Justine Sacco’s case, it gives others the opportunity to copy, share, re-tweet, or even screenshot your information. Within a short time-frame you have successfully left a permanent imprint. So essentially one could argue that the delete button is a means to comfort and there is no such thing as privacy and online security .The moment you decide to post anything whether it’s a photo or an opinion, it will have some degree of risk associated to it. A few seconds are enough time to cause an irreversible domino effect.
I have found an article which states that Twitter and the library of congress have agreed to become partners and to make regular copies of every single tweet that is ever posted.
I have also found a video on 10 reasons why you should not trust Facebook
I´m sure that a few of you would say this won’t apply to me I am aware of the possible consequences that the online world entails. But wouldn’t Justine Sacco, the senior director of corporate communications at IAC, have said the same. Humans are social animals that are bound to make mistakes at some point, even with the educational background we could still end up on someone’s radar.
The internet was invented to connect and share information, to access data online. Privacy was never its main objective.
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