Privacy Comes Cheap – How the Rise of Social Media and Online Technologies Have Devalued Privacy

Back in the early 2000’s when online giants such as Google and Facebook were finding their audience, privacy was top of mind and often discussed as a major concern with regard to the rise of the internet and digital technologies. Nowadays, it could be argued that privacy considerations have been devalued to an extent that one doesn’t even consider risks to privacy or personal electronic data anymore. As demand for online services and the appetite for social media continues to increase, we seem to care less and less about privacy, and are becoming more trusting that companies will protect our personal information and use our data in ways that benefit us (by tailoring our ads in social media feeds and websites we visit, predictive search technologies etc.). We readily accept the sacrificing of our privacy for improvement of our online experience. For example, sharing my data with Google Maps allows the software to give me suggestions specific to my locations visited and profile my travel habits. The more privacy you give up, the more customized your online experience becomes. I also love updating Google Maps as a Local Guide, providing reviews and photos to help others searching for similar info. When I travel I update Google Maps particularly with areas that I know are more remote and hard to find.

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8 thoughts on “Privacy Comes Cheap – How the Rise of Social Media and Online Technologies Have Devalued Privacy”

  1. We have to take personal responsibility for our privacy and security. I use encryption and anonymous services, when required.
    Remember what legal things you do today may be retroactively illegal tomorrow! THIS is the worry reasonable people have. Look at the state of politics and tell me this is impossible. Look at the social credit system activating in China (ps post idea!)

    Everyone, everyone, before it is too late, should download and use:

    1-Signal Messenger. (Also gives free international calls without using your minutes & all you need from a text messenger. Works with anyone, only encrypted if your contact is also smart enough to use it however.)

    2-PGP. A bit of a learning curve but important. This is very secure communication when needed:
    (My keys is at

    3- READ THIS:
    The electronic frontier foundation is a group of privacy experts and lawyers who fight on behalf of those who have their privacy violated without a warrant pro bono. They have set up this self defense guide with all the apps and awareness one would need.

    4- DO THIS: lock down your privacy settings on Facebook and dont share personal data as you don’t know how valuable these little tidbits are for minor details like, oh I don’t know, changing the outcome of elections so we are on the verge of WWIII.

    Good luck!

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