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“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?

Most companies offering email services collect our private data every minute that we use them.

The information they collect is used to create a complete personal profile  that can be used for anything (and sold to anyone).

They know where we go, videos we watch, articles we read, what we purchase, which games we play, our interests, hobbies, etc.

In the name of convenience and free services, companies have policies that allow them to watch our every move on the web. This information is being used in ways that are increasingly invasive.
Surveillance such as this has far reaching implications beyond that of just advertising. This type of overreach can affect things in the future such as availability to healthcare and even head in to the dark regions of religious persecution (as they have in other countries already).

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
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.”More at Wikipedia
Disinformation
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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