As what Edward Snowden, American computer professional once said, ‘ A child born today will grow up with no conception of privacy at all ‘. This is indeed possible with the rise in advancement of technology and the lack of priorities by bigger technology company and even the government. In today’s society, privacy is one aspect of life that is mostly intruded and publised despite measures to keep it secure. Thus, I agree to a large extent that there is no such thing as privacy which is the ability of an individual or group to seclude themselves and thereby express themselves selectively today.
Firstly, almost half of the world’s population have access to and are interconnected through internet, cell phones and electronic devices. With multiple rising social media platforms such as Facebook, Instagram and Twitter, people are very prone to sharing their personal life online and venting their emotions, seeing it as a norm. This however increases one’s vulnerability as there are metadata behind almost every picture, allowing everyone to know one’s geographic location. This also acts as an invitation for stalkers. A prominent example will be celebrities where they are bascially being photographed every second. With the paparazzis following them everywhere, privacy is being violated. From what they dress to their exact location, everyone around the world will be notified within seconds. Thus, celebrities like Emma Watson, has been known to not take photographs with fans for the sole reson of not exposing her location and attracting stalkers. This shows how in today’s world with the advancement of technology and the inhumane speed of sharing, one can easily be exposed to another exact location, intruding one’s privacy. Thus, I agree to a large extent that there is no such thing as privacy today.
Secondly, the priorities of governments and big technological companies does not necessarily align with consumers’ privacy. In today’s society, consumers have a habit of sharing their private data in exchange of receiving incentives despite the frequency of highly publicized breaches and cyber hacks. Some examples include ‘Yahoo’ which impacted around 3 billion user accounts in 2013-2014 and ‘ebay’ where it compromised around 145 million users in May of 2014. Both attacks exposed names, addresses, date of birth and even passwords which greatly affect both the consumers and company. When Deloitte, a UK-incorporated multinational professional services network conducted a global survey of approximately 6,000 individuals across six different countries, the results revealed that most consumers did not pay much attention to how their information was collected and used by companies and governments due to the trust they have that their data was being used in a manner that aligned with their ethical expectations. However, the truth is that most comsumers’ data are assets to companies, giving them the advantage and benefits. On the other hand with legislation, the law concerning tax allow one’s personal income and earnings to be shared. The action itself is already an intrusion of privacy despite the government’s good intention. Thus, I agree to a large extent that there is no such thing as privacy today.
However, there are measures being taken to protect one’s privacy such as censorship and one’s mindfulness to avoid posting personal details. This allows individuals to privatise their social media accounts and blogs and be able to block unwanted people from viewing. This selected option will then help prevent unnecessary stalkers and keep one’s personal life. Also, by being mindful of separating personal life with the public can also help one retain one’s privacy in today’s society. Imdividuals can share their problems and memorable experiences woth their closed ones or even writing it down in a diary. This will help keep personal secrets and details off the internet, allowing privacy to be maintain.
Despite some measures, there are still many limitations to keeping one’s privacy. The increasing amount of hackers online and the tracking system in almost every electronic devices are a few examples. Using survey statistics by PricewaterhouseCoopers (PWC), there is a rise of 38% of hackers over the course if just one year. This shows that despite measures to private one’s accounts, it can be hacked into easily and personal details can be found and may cause dire consequences. Together with the tracking device, Global Postioning System (GPS), one’s location can easily be tracked and this itself is already an infringement of one’s privacy. Thus, I agree to a large extent that there is no such thing as privacy today.
In conclusion, I agree to large extent that ‘There is no such thing as privacy today’. As what Andy Grove, Hungarian born American businessman, engineer and author once said, ‘Privacy is one of the biggest problems on this new electronice age’. With so many advance technologies and the constant want to improve, privacy is slowly being invaded and one’s personal life tend to be put up on the internet for everyone to view. Despite measures to prevent it, there will always be limitations. With uncertainties lying ahead of us, let’s all hope that one’s privacy can be protected in the near future.