Evaporation of Privacy

Technology is a ubiquitous part of our day to day life that has extreme impact on how we conduct our lives. Technology is invasive by its nature with obtaining personal and public information though our phones, computers, and cameras. This leads us to the dilemma that having all of our information recorded, but having no control of what is happening to this data. Technology privacy being taken away changes interactions, makes organizations with data more powerful, and makes us look for a solution.

An issue with the amount of private data collection is that it effects of citizens feeling like they are always being observed. This can be through the Data that is collected though online searches, profiles, conversations, and surveillance cameras. In relations this problem Penney Jonathon states that surveillance deals with proving a negative — self-censorship. This equates to that people change the way they speak and conduct themselves in negative ways by acknowledging that all of their information and actions are being observed. I see this and acknowledge the difference because when you talk to someone in person, it has a different feel to the conversation than when you talk in person with no technology involved.

A major theme with privacy is that the laws and regulation is not set in stone, which will not protect you in this technology spread society. As Kayla Robinson points out is there are laws and amendments that “an individual’s right to privacy is an ISP’s records and allow the government unfettered warrantless access.” This allows your internet provider to track all of your internet history and to grant viewing of your history with you unaware of the situation. Which correlates to the 4th amendment which requires a warrant to search your property. The new age these laws have not applied to virtual property related to you.

A large aspect is that citizens want to reclaimed their private lives back. Most agree that the taking and monitoring of private data is wrong. There are some aspects that private data is used to make products free. For example, Facebook sells your information to make a profit because they offer the services for free. This is the trade of between privacy and payment. I find this partly acceptable, but for others are unjust and must have laws to protect citizen’s privacy. Making the way we can reclaim our privacy back, then we must force reconstruction of regulation and accept the payment trade off.

With the vast impact that technology plays daily public and private life you would hope that they will stay as such. In today’s world your private data is being watched unjustly, making an eye always looking over your shoulder mentality. This makes the best form of true conversation is without technology where you can feel free to talk as you, which with no presents of cameras, phones, and other forms of obtaining data taking your conversation and recording it. This leads into the relationship that people worry that our society is turning into a big brother type leadership.


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Penney, J. W. (2016). CHILLING EFFECTS: ONLINE SURVEILLANCE AND WIKIPEDIA USE. Berkeley Technology Law Journal, 31(1), 117–182. doi:10.15779/Z38SS13


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