Wednesday, 5 March 2014

The Ethics of Internet Privacy


Privacy is defined as the ability of an individual or group to seclude themselves or information about themselves and thereby reveal themselves selectively.

In recent years, the explosive growth of information technology and Internet use to obtain information, goods and services has fueled debate and controversy about the potential threats to privacy.

Who is Watching?
  1. Interception
  2. Cookies
  3. Data Mining
  4. Key Strokes
  5. Web Searches
  6. Personal Information
Search engines keep records of every search, ever made in a way that can be traced to individuals. they retain users search data - anonymized or not - to eternity.

Major search engines make search data available to law enforcement authorities with subpoenas. 

Personally identifiable information can be used in a number of ways that were never imagined or sanctioned by the person who entered the search terms.

According to the Electronic Privacy Information Center "the United States, federal law does not provide uniform privacy protections for personal data submitted to search engines or IP addresses"

Privacy Protection at Commercial Websites

93% of commercial websites collect at least one type of personal identification.

Less than 10% of sites encompasses all five principles: Notice, Choice, Access, Security and Enforcement.

One third of sites post no privacy policy.

Only 19% disclose steps taken to safeguard data.

Only a third of surveyed sites guaranteed not to send visitors personal information to third parties.

Everything you do online is public by default and private through effort.

There's no more such thing as "delete" anymore - everything lives online forever.

We now have to think about the consequences of our actions in a whole new way.

Did you know?

The primary business model for most successful online corporations in the mass collection and memorization of your personal data?

All the major social networks default settings are public?

75% of US recruiters and HR people are required to do online research about their candidates and employees?

70% say they've rejected candidates because of what they found online.

By engaging in simple acts like IMing and Facebooking, online companies can find out:

Who you are?

What city you live in?

Who your friends are?

Your psychological profile

What you're doing on Sunday?

With your permission you give us more information about you, about your friends and we can improve the quality of our searches. We don't need you to type at all. We know where you are. We know where you've been. We can more or less know what you're thinking about - Eric Schmidt, CEO of GOOGLE, August 2010.

Source: Youtube


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