“I have nothing to hide”

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”.

Search companies

Some terms used in the information industry may provide insight into other dangers.

Filter bubble
A filter bubble is a state of intellectual isolation that can result from personalized searches when a website algorithm selectively guesses what information a user would like to see based on information about the user, such as location, past click-behavior and search history.Wikipedia
Misinformation is false or incorrect information that is spread intentionally or unintentionally. While this is not a new practice, the dissemination of false information has now become identical with the term “fake news.”"I have nothing to hide" 1More at Wikipedia
Disinformation is false information spread deliberately to deceive. The English word is a translation of the Russian, derived from the title of a KGB black propaganda department. The book Disinformation documents that Joseph Stalin coined the term, giving it a French-sounding name to falsely claim it had a Western origin.Wikipedia

Algorithmic curation

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.

Targeted advertising
Targeted advertising is a form of advertising where online advertisers can use sophisticated methods to target the most receptive audiences with certain traits, based on the product or person the advertiser is promoting.Wikipedia 

Three Reasons Why the “Nothing to Hide” Argument is Flawed.

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