Reading yet another ‘what knows Facebook about you’ – story just made me wondering…who realy cares about his privacy? And better yet, who truly knows the meaning of privacy, and is this notion of ‘privacy’ still relevant in the 21th century.
But first things first…what is privacy? I don’t want to take the dictionary a tell you a unique definition. For most people privacy starts where personal freedom ends. You want to be in control, and want to share people The stuff you want to share.
Apparently in the digital era there seems to be a double problem, because most people only see this definition as a definition of privacy…but there is a second approach to privacy: who owns your ‘data’? Because what you share on digital platforms isn’t yours anymore most of the time. The platforms own it, like Facebook keeps track of all your data, updates, photo’s,…. Most people don’t know this, few people care about it, but some people make a fuzz out of it. As the video bellow shows, Facebook knows a lot about you…but that doesn’t need to be a problem, what Facebook does with this data is the real question. They use it make personnal one-2-one advertising possible through Facebook Ads, and probably they will sell your date to who is willing to pay.
This seems to disturb some people, although it’s nothing new….who doesn’t own a loyalty Card from a supermarket, shop, …. they do exactly the same. They hold your data to profile you, so they can offer your needs and possible needs in a shop near you.
Who doesn’t own a debit card from a bank (or 2), together with your credit card my bank knows what I’m buying, where I am, what my spending pattern is, … hell they probably know me better than I know myself!
So I truly don’t see the problem in who owns my data in this digital era, since I’m the one who’s giving them my data.
If it comes to sharing, this is a different story. People should be aware that privacy is something you need to work on in the digital world. What you share with who should always be a well-considered decision since this might work against you in one way or another. Look at the people who got fired over a Facebook status update or disturbing online pictures.
The digital and online world is a public world. So don’t do anything online, what you don’t do offline. I’m not running around totally wasted/drunk/stoned/nude/… at work/in the street/…. Do you?
And there is the sharing of information act vs the privacy act if I want to use pictures online which I took myself, I have to make shure everybody who can be recognized on those pictures has given their prior consent to put the picture (with them on it) online….
Ok, out of privacy Reasons I understand this….but in an era in which millions of pictures are made every hour and shared every minute thanks to our amazing mobile devices this seems rather irrelevant. Did you ask permission to everybody who is on your Facebook photo(book)?
Be aware they can sue you for violating their privacy!
This is what I call 18th century thinking! We are in need of an adapted legislation which understands this sharing society, but shows respect to abuses!
Who not uses facial recognition on a big scale to scan all online pictures to alert people their picture is online. So people can determine for themselves if they want to leve it out their or not….and yes abuse should be prosecuted, but with the actual legislation who all are guilty (As charged….regarding privacy)