Concerned About Privacy, Spying, and Tracking?

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Security CamerasI 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?

Do you read the privacy policy and terms of service before joining a website? If so can you even understand them?

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.

Big Brother Is WatchingDo 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?

What happens if years down the road they decide to change their privacy policy and you no longer agree with it? Are they going to remove all the data and information they have collected about you over the years should you decide not to agree to a new policy? Very Doubtful.

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.

Conclusion:
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.

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28 Comments

  1. Syeda Mehwish

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    You raised a very important issue and even I in past did these types of mistakes and in hurry joined some websites without going into details that what it’s affect could be. Younger people are more likely to give up privacy and its our responsibity to aware them and also we should have to look in this matter more seriously.

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      A lot of people probably just don’t bother to read them. We really should try to understand them, but we either have to agree or don’t use the site.

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    Hi DialMe, I’m afraid that you are onto a very important point here. Our privacy seems to be nonexistent in this point.

    However, I read an article the other day that talks about how ALL of the telecommunication companies have been feeding entire phone conversations to the government (without warrants) since the 1970s and I would guess before that too!
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      That wouldn’t surprise me if they did that back in the 1970’s. Now that technology has advanced considerably since then I can only imagine what goes on that we don’t know about.

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        Yes exactly. And since companies want to save money rather than ‘doing the right thing’, it seems that many of them would be more than willing to hand over your private information on any questionable request the government makes. It is easier to do that than to fight the legality of whether the request is legal or not. So, it is easy to see how it happens. I guess we are best off providing the least amount of information possible to any company that seeks to accumulate information on us – regardless of their stated reason. Clearly, the information is very often used for ‘other’ purposes and those companies don’t seem to feel any obligation to tell you when that happens.
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          I just wonder how much of this handing over information happens on a regular basis, or more often than we are aware of. I was just reading about an celebrity / actress that said the FBI had a file on her. Kind of crazy.

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    To be honest, I don’t read privacy policies or terms of service when I join and use a site. I guess I just hope that things wouldn’t go wrong with the site. I have always just clicked Yes/Agree if they asked if I read their policies or terms of service. Which makes the phrase “I agree to the terms & conditions mentioned above” one of the biggest lies ever 🙂
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      I know a lot of people do the same thing. They are in a hurry and just want to sign up and use the site. So boom…I agree…lets get on with this already. I try to read them, and most of them are not that easy to figure out what you are actually agreeing to.

  4. Harriet

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    I do worry about my privacy on the internet but as far as I’m concerned, I have nothing to worry about because I don’t have anything to hide!

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      I don’t have anything to hide either, but I am concerned about what they are doing with it. I really don’t know if they are going to use any of it for sneaky practices now or down the road. We hope not, but we really don’t know what some sites are up to.

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    How many people actually read the privacy policy before actually continuing with the registration for a site, product, or service? The Internet isn’t completely “safe,” and you would hear a lot of people tell you to be careful with the information that you post online, because they can be used against you. Age old tip, but you still get to hear that a lot these days.

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      I do see things fairly often that I can’t believe people would post or say publicly. To each there own, but I think some people need to slow down and think before they post. I believe in freedom of speech, and everyone is entitled to their own opinion, but sometimes they are a little over the top.

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      Is your friend older? I do hear people that say this once in a while, but it seems fairly rare. Good for your friend though.

  6. Jean

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    Yea, online privacy has definitely become an increasingly hot topic. More and more companies are realizing just how much information they can glean from people in order to aid their sales. Besides, I am not even fully comfortable about using Facebook these days as I just don’t know who is seeing what, as they’ve made it so complicated.

    -Jean

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      I am not so tuned into Facebook myself anymore either. It is definitely more complicated now, and I agree with you it is confusing trying to figure out who can see what. I wouldn’t be so eager to friend people on Facebook unless you are confident you have all the privacy settings locked down.

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    That is a toss up, and I think there are a lot of arguments about it. Privacy has been in the news headlines a lot lately. I think we will see a lot more about it in the future.

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    You got me with this one – I almost never read privacy policies and terms of use when I create an account on social websites. Probably that’s why I don’t mind they spy on me.

  9. Pete Goumas

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    It’s an alarming issue and before giving our details to a website we should check ourselves whether the site is secure or not and if we could not check then think 100 times before giving our details or at least give few minutes to check terms and conditions.

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      Maybe we are lazy or in a hurry and just want to use a site, but many of them don’t seem to make it easy to understand the terms either.

  10. Andrea

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    Usually I don’t care about these privacy problems, but my sister has been a victim of an identity theft last month, so I’ve understood that we all are in danger.

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      If something like that happens to you or someone you know it tends to raise concerns and make you more aware of the dangers that exist.

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    I tend to be pretty cautious when giving out personal info. If something is not required then I generally don’t voluntarily provide it.

  12. Reply

    Privacy is a concern with the increased advancement of technology. We have to find ways to protect ourselves even if it means not using some of this technology.

  13. Robert

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    Spying and tracking can be a problem when you use certain websites and technology. I don’t know what the long term solution is but it might be inevitable.

  14. Leo

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    I agree with your number one rule — if you don’t like it, don’t use it. But with sites like Google, which probably tracks us more than any other site, you don’t have a choice.

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    I am a little bit concerned, actually, even though I’m not doing anything wrong. It just doesn’t feel right assuming somebody knows almost everything you read and discuss on the internet.

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      They say don’t post anything that you don’t want someone reading or finding. I guess some people don’t care, or they don’t realize that it can catch up with them one day.

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