I used to be like so many other people that embraced technology. The past couple years my opinion has changed a bit. Mainly because of privacy, spying, and tracking concerns that all this fancy technology seems to have created. Can we do anything without someone or something watching our every move?
People seem to be so quick to give up their privacy just to use a website, service, app, or what have you. Oftentimes we don’t even know what we are agreeing or committing to.
If you aren’t doing anything wrong you don’t have anything to worry about.
That’s what some people say. I may not be doing anything wrong, but that’s not the point.
The more we let big sites and the government for that matter get away with tracking and watching us the more likely they will continue to do more of it. Once you allow them to do so it is very hard to get them to ever reverse what they have in place.
Do you really trust Facebook, Twitter, Google, or even Government agencies? What are they doing with all this information? Are you confident that they do not or will not in the future have any disgruntled employee that won’t do something with the information they have gathered about you? Are you confident that they won’t get hacked and someone might steal your information for that matter?
If you don’t like it then don’t use it.
I hear this one fairly often. Believe me there are some sites I don’t use because of privacy concerns. Even if I don’t use them, I can’t control what other people post or say about me on these sites. Plus I can’t decline or opt out of anything the government tracks or gathers. But, the truth is there are situations where if you don’t use it you will be left behind.
Does age have anything to do with accepting it?
I don’t know if age has anything to do with it or not. To me it seems like younger people are more likely to give up privacy and tend to be the ones quick to say: If you’re not doing anything wrong don’t worry about it. This is just my opinion based on a small group of individuals that share their age. It would be interesting to see a survey on a much larger scale to see what the results happened to be.
Concerned about privacy, spying, tracking?
Anyone concerned about privacy, spying, and tracking should really read this article over at Wired.com
The NSA Is Building the Country’s Biggest Spy Center (Watch What You Say)
Whether you live here in the U.S. or not the NSA could very well be gathering a lot more information about you then you realize. The article is a bit long, but it is worth reading. It’s quite disturbing to say the least.
It is really too bad that so many people are willing to give up their privacy, regardless if they are doing something wrong or not all because of some technology or website they can’t live without. Even more so that the government spies and tracks people doing no wrong all in the name of national security, or just in case you do something down the road they will already have information on you. I can’t believe people don’t put up a bigger stink than they do about it. Websites are getting sneakier about how they track you, and what kind of information they collect. This certainly isn’t the world I envisioned it would be 15-20+ years ago. Now that I think about it, I start to wonder how we even got to this point.