I have nothing to hide
“I have nothing to hide, why should I be concerned about my privacy and security on the internet?”. Perhaps you have nothing to hide, however, everyone has something they should keep private. How bad can it be, who is it that is after my information and why? The answer to both who and why is myriad, if not infinite. Let me give you some examples of who is gathering information about you and why.
On March 27 2017, the U.S Congress voted to pass S.J.Res.34. This resolution aims to nullify the rule Protecting the Privacy of Customers of Broadband and Other Telecommunications Services that passed on the 2nd of December. In effect, this gives way for Internet Service Providers to freely sell your information to the highest bidder. The Senate action would allow Comcast, Verizon, Charter, AT&T, and other broadband providers to take control away from consumers and relentlessly collect and sell their sensitive information without consent. That sensitive information includes health and financial information, and information about children. ISPs want to “draw a map” of where families shop and go to school, and sell it to data brokers “or anyone else who wants to make a profit off you”.
Some terms used in the information industry may provide insight into other dangers.
Socio-technical systems provide access to ever-increasing quantities of information online. To help people cope with information overload, these systems implement “algorithmic curation”: automated selection of what content should be displayed to users, what should be hidden, and how it should be presented. Virtually every Internet user who reads online news, visits social media sites, or uses a search engine has encountered algorithmic curation at some point, probably without even realizing it.
Three Reasons Why the “Nothing to Hide” Argument is Flawed.
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