Thursday, December 26, 2013

Privacy in danger of extinction

"Privacy matters. Privacy is what allows us to determine who we are and who we want to be." One of the protagonists of this year, former NSA analyst Edward Snowden, has decided to compete with the speeches of the King of Spain or the Queen of England to convey his concern over the gradual loss of privacy suffered by citizens worldwide.

UK’s Channel 4 was chosen by Mr. Snowden to broadcast the message that he wanted to deliver to humankind yesterday. "A child born today will grow up with no conception of privacy at all. They'll never know what it means to have a private moment to themselves... an unrecorded, unanalyzed thought." In this situation, the whistleblower urged society to find a balance between trust “we place both in the technology and the government that regulates it.”

However, surveillance is not the only way to violate individuals’ privacy. The theft and sale of their payment card data represents a direct attack on their private environment. But in addition, if this data includes the location where they used their cards they will feel even more impotent. Why did they add that information? Because fundamentally it reduces the risk of detection of a fraudulent card.

Those people most concerned about privacy do everything at their hand to vanish their tracks on the Internet. They begin deactivating their social networking accounts, unsubscribing from mailing lists, requesting search engines to delete results about themselves, or even hiring the services of specialized companies.


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