Sunday, February 16, 2014

Security, Privacy, Freedom & Big Brother…

Security, Privacy, Freedom & Big Brother…
Remember how invaded we used to feel when our siblings or parents were caught reading our personal journals? Now that our “Diary’s” have moved off the page and onto the screen we have more to worry about than just a personal invasion. 

In the past, a quick rip and crumple could remove our hurt words, our inner thoughts or the angry feelings that were scribbled down in haste.  Once put to flame or inked out, the words were gone forever. It was almost a cathartic event to vent out ramblings in this fashion. However, in this day and age, the equivalent to a Journal is Facebook, Twitter, Instagram etc., the main difference is… there are no take backs. Once it is posted it is there for life. Just like an elephant, the internet never forgets!

You may think that is bad enough, however it sadly gets worse. There is no such thing as Security, Privacy or Freedom of Speech when it comes to posts online…. Since your ‘opinion’ has a broader reach and bigger impact because of followers, friends and subscribers.  Without digging to deep I found several examples of information being turned over to companies and government, for slander lawsuits,  data mining, character profiling and much more: 

Alberta Court of Queen's Bench and the British Columbia Supreme Court granted orders authorizing a search….. “Court orders allowing access the records of multiple companies including Stockhouse Publishing Ltd. ("Stockhouse") and internet service providers such as Shaw Communications Inc. ("Shaw"), Telus, Bell, and Rogers which disclose detailed information about the entities behind the fictitious aliases posting on the Bullboards.

The court also ordered Google, Microsoft (Hotmail), Yahoo, Shaw, Telus, and others to preserve the contents and subscriber information of dozens of email accounts used by the Conspiring Defendants, so as to prevent any of the Defendants from tampering with or destroying evidence.” Quote
“Nothing was your own except the few cubic centimetres inside your skull. ” ― George Orwell, 1984

Do you think that you have privacy if you post from your cell phone? Sorry to disappoint you, this video from the creator of McAfee Antivirus, John McAfee shares some scary information about how some popular games and applications  have permission to turn on your camera, take pictures, video and listen to conversations…. because you did not read the disclaimer, YOU gave them permission to do so!

What can be done?
What do you think about this?
What can WE do?

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