The End of Privacy
I recently read about an app called Ghostery. You install it in your browser, and as you surf the Web, it tells you how many companies are requesting your information as you visit a site. The Daily Dot writes,
When I read the New York Times, this box pops up with the names of 11 companies in it. When I go to Target.com, a box pops up with 50 companies. It’s a nice reminder that while I’m using the Internet, companies are quietly watching my every move.
The answer is that if you’re really concerned about privacy, you probably shouldn’t go online. You probably shouldn’t go shopping with a credit card or out in public or travel or check out a library book or enroll in a class or… well… exist.
Existing is very detrimental to privacy.
I’m being tongue-in-cheek, but I thought the Daily Dot article was an interesting read. I haven’t installed Ghostery, but I think some of that is because I don’t know what I would do with the information. Not visit a site? I mean, really, when surveillance is everywhere from cameras on the street to tweets written about you, it feels like rearranging chairs on the deck of the Titanic to worry that 50 companies are requesting my information if I buy a pair of flip flops at Target.
I am very mindful about privacy; which doesn’t mean I know how to actually protect it. Or if I even should.
Well… actually… yes, I still think I should. But I don’t know how in any real way that makes a true dent in the amount of information being collected from various sources.
I don’t know. Do you think putting it all out there ourselves online: emphatically listing the brands we like and the places we go and the books we read has made us sort of throw up our hands over the idea that other companies are collecting all this information about us, too?
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