About 30 years ago world-wide-web (WWW) was created by the scientists at a CERN facility in Switzerland (click here to visit their website). Since then, it has transformed the way we communicate, the way we handle business, and even our way of life.
Social media platforms like Twitter, Facebook, Google, etc have really transformed our lives in the way we share information.
Today, the average person has an astounding amount of personal information online, and added into this information each time we post on Facebook, each time we search on Google, and each time we send an email.
Today, we tend to teach the youth at a very young age to share everything online. And I am afraid that this is going to be a generation that is not going to remember when data was private.
So if we keep going down this road, 20 years from now, the word privacy is going to be a completely different meaning from what it means to you and I.
The modern contract
Today, privacy is now being used as trade. You give up a little bit of your privacy in exchange for convenience. Smart devices have taken over our homes from smartphones, to smart speakers, to smart beds, to smart TVs, and even to smart sex toys. Augmented reality and virtual reality is now getting more and more common.
But take for example the smart speaker called Cayla. Cayla was voted toy of the year in many countries around the world. However, it was banned due to the fact that the company who created it was harvesting masses of personal information to its customers without consent.
It was continuously listening and capturing all conversations including private ones. A serious breach of security a privacy to the home. It can even connect to a smartphone from a stranger! Dangerous, scary and creepy!
Watch the video below, it’s really worth your time to learn how technologies made money with our data.
The loss of privacy
The amount of data we’ve shared online since we started collectively tells a lot about ourselves. It tells where we have been, who we have met, who our friends are, and in many ways, even what we’re thinking about.
And the most scary part of this is our data now lasts forever, so your data can and will outlive you. The used-to-be clunky and unreliable diskettes have now evolved to thousands of terabytes of affordable disks in various forms.
It is worth noting that we have largely lost control over our data and privacy. Hence, it is very important for us to think about the implications of this loss.
We’ve lost privacy and we’ve lost the idea of privacy itself.
So what can we do?
We all have the responsibility to spread online data privacy awareness and teach our children to be careful with what we share online.
We must think twice before we post anything, especially when it comes to sharing personal information.
We need to be vigilant in choosing smart devices into our homes and ensure that they don’t spy on us.
We need to remind the world that technology can only truly benefit society if it respects our rights.
We need to voice out for a safer Internet and fight against the surveillance economy. Read more about that here and you’ll understand why.
And If we have to welcome these smart devices into our homes, companies who made them should take into consideration its privacy and security to build trust and loyalty.
Stay safe and secure!