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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