Too Connected For Privacy?

Too Connected For Privacy?


People use the internet to connect around the world, resulting in privacy becoming a concern on various levels. Not only is the internet a great way to obtaining information but also for sharing. Social media users have increased by 8.7% in 2015 (We Are Social, 2016). More people are posting content online that they do not talk about in public. Offline people lack the opportunity and the audience that online media provides. Topics include rants, complaints, opinions, and reflections. However, being online poses risk to personal information sometimes regardless of privacy settings.

The National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA), collected data from 2015 on online Privacy and Security concerns (Goldberg, 2016). These worries included identity theft (63%), credit card or banking fraud (45%), data collection by online services (23%), loss of control over personal data (22%), data collection from the government (18), and threats to personal safety (13%) (Goldberg, 2016).between 2012 and 2014, an average of 72% claimed that they had not had their online privacy breached (Microsoft Word, 2016). Under 20% reported a minor problem, while other violations ranging from personal, financial, career, and relationship consequences were 5% and under (Microsoft Word, 2016).

The main concerns are of privacy and safety. However, there is a fine line between protecting individual rights to security and violating their rights to privacy. Joe Kochan, the chief operating officer for us ignite admits, “I do not believe that there is a ‘right balance’ between privacy, security, and compelling content. This will need to be a constantly negotiated balance—one that will swing too far in one direction or another with each iteration” (Pew Research Center, 2016).

Alex Boutilier, an Ottawa Bureau Reporter writes about Privacy Commissioner Daniel Therrien, the watchdog for Canada’s privacy (Boutilier, 2016). Therrien warns Prime Minister Justin Trudeau that Canada’s privacy legislation is not as current as present society or technology (Boutilier, 2016). Therrien suggests improvements by reporting serious breaches in government departments and agencies, giving the role of privacy commissioner authority to amend the breaches, educating Canadian citizens on privacy risks, and to begin a five-year review on the Privacy Act (Boutilier, 2016). Rebecca Lieb, industry analyst and an author for the Altimeter Group, feels optimistic. She thinks that, “with just a bit more time, those who will attempt to balance the interests of personal privacy and business interests will do so from a more informed perspective, legally, culturally, and with a better perspective on disruption” (Pew Research Center, 2016).


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