Internet security expert Bruce Schneier recently told CNN that “Internet privacy as dead as the proverbial doornail. Schneier says you can thank corporations and a government that are fiending for data, which the Internet exudes in copious amounts.”
I’m sure many of you may have seen the CNN show “The Internet is a surveillance state,” featuring Schneier. I believe he’s right in his pronouncement. And I place the loss of privacy on the Internet right up there with the Internet’s cyber crime activity. We all have the right to use the Internet and our computer to enjoy communicating, purchasing, recreation, researching, and general information gathering without being subjected to privacy theft, identity theft, and the theft of our money.
It’s bad enough that we have to deal with the presence of global cyber crime organizations who’re eager to steal our money and identities; but as Schneier points out, we additionally have to put up with large corporations and our governments sucking up our private information like giant vacuums in the ether. They’re aggregating all information about us, no matter how miniscule, into fairly sophisticated profiles of us. Which, by the way, we don’t get to inspect to see if any of it is true.
Don’t misunderstand that I’m actually a proponent of governments using this kind of information gathering to help identify and apprehend terrorists and other bad actors; I just don’t agree with corporations or the government gathering the personal information of innocent citizens.
As I’ve stated before, the Internet is fast becoming a place too dangerous to be for the average computer user. It’s like walking through a high-crime part of town alone and unarmed…not a good place to be.
But is Internet privacy hopeless? Without a major intervention by the governments of the world to make cyber privacy laws and enforce them; yes, I believe it is.
Reference: Infoworld.com article
Be very careful…it’s dangerous out there.
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