Lack of Privacy

We all know that we are getting data taken from what we do daily, whether we search something on google or buy something online. As I am getting older, I am realizing and finding out secret and sneaky ways that data us being taken from us. Through apps and social media, finding out how to disable certain features, so that data cannot be taken from me. Now that I’m becoming more aware, now I’m starting to think; how else is data being taken from me and what are some ways that my technology is “listening” to what I’m saying and probably watching what I’m doing.

Even though I have nothing to hide and have done nothing wrong, I don’t feel good knowing that information is being taken from me in ways that I don’t even know. I think it’s wrong that there are certain ways that there may be cameras and microphones being able to be picked up through my phone, video game consoles without me knowing.

“By the same token, the Internet’s comprehensive capacity to surveil has led some tech leaders, especially those who stand to make money from cultivating our datafied lives, to join the media chorus and rhetorically toss the concept of privacy out the window. (Lippold, 120)

In “We Are Data” by Lippold, there were some quotes by CEO’s who are making a living off this data collection. Sure, these men can believe what they say because they are making money off of the data being taken from people. The fact that when there are complaints about invasion of privacy and these CEO’s are saying that its now a “social norm”, when it most definitely is not and being unprofessional and telling people to “get over it”, they don’t care about the privacy of others. In my opinion, there is a line that has been crossed and every year with every new app, update, new technology, etc… I feel that this kind of data gathering through tech is now getting to a point where I can think of it as being unethical, especially when adding features that can show others locations without you knowing or asking first.

As Sun Microsystems’ CEO, Scott McNealy, quipped way back in 1999, “You have zero privacy anyway. Get over it. Facebook’s founder, Mark Zuckerberg believes that privacy “is no longer a social norm”. And Google’s former CEO Eric Schmidt described privacy as unnecessary and even dangerous, warning the surveilled masses that “if you have something that you don’t want anyone to know, maybe you shouldn’t be doing it in the first place.” (Lippold, 120)

Apps such as Pokemon Go, tracks you while you are busy tracking Pokemon. There have been theories that when you play Pokemon Go inside your house, they are able to get a better look at where you are and what the inside of your house looks like. By playing the game, people are not aware, but they would be giving and showing them a tour the inside of your home and what you have in it.

“As users hand over access to their phones’ precise locations, storage and cameras to play the game, the company behind the game reserves the rights to share the data it collects with third parties including potential buyers and law enforcement.” (Hefner, USA Today)

Another app, Snapchat is one that I use, but I have backed away from it a bit. When they brought out the new feature where you can see where everyone is on the map, that freaked me out. I thought that this was creepy because you can see where everyone is and the one that made me think about deleting the app was that it could tell when I was in the car and it would move along with me wherever I was going. There was no option to say whether I wanted to start off with this feature with having myself on the map, I had to go into settings and turn it off after I found out about this.

There needs to be more communication and more transparency when it comes to these apps or consoles that involve cameras, locations and other ways that data can be collected. People know that they are giving out some of their privacy to these companies, but there should be a line that companies shouldn’t cross when it comes to these features and if they want to cross these lines by creating features that are sneaky in a way to capture more data and information about the user, they should to let them know what they are trying to do.






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