Everything that we do online is now for sale. Our viewing habits, what we search for is available for purchase. With the Senate withdrawing regulations that encouraged stronger privacy for consumers; privacy is again a topic of discussion. The documentary Terms and Conditions May Apply illustrates how large corporations such as Facebook and Google don’t have our best interest when protecting the privacy of consumers. What I find interesting is we live in a world where sharing is almost the cultural expectancy. If we purchase a new car we have to post about it. When we complete the last exam’s of a semester we have to post how we just wrapped up the term. Everybody want’s to document everything that is occurring their lives. The only time we think about our privacy is when we are forced to consider the matter; we live in a world where we willingly give information and now many of us just assume we are being watched no matter where we are. Being aware of “digital profile” I’ve always gone through extra procedures to make sure what I’m doing online doesn’t give too much information about me. What I’ve realized is that all my measures don’t really make a difference I can still be tracked and monitored no matter what I do.
After watching Terms and Conditions May Apply in comm 2400, I felt that I needed to revamp my security settings on my Facebook, Amazon and even my Netflix account. The need to make sure your information is safe is at an all time high. I read this article on the Time Magazine website about clever little hints to help you keep your information safe when using the internet. Some of the tips include not filling out your Facebook profile, be choosy when filling out your social security number and turning your browser to private. These all seem simple but we don’t all do them.
Terms and Conditions May Apply is a documentary that opens up the topic on society’s privacy values. I’m sure all would agree we all value our privacy and would ever hate for it to be invaded, some may say most people are “open books” until its no longer in their favor.
This documentary hits points on agreement polices we have to sign or click to be able to join something like Pintrest, Facebook or even a video game clause, but do we actually know what we are agreeing to? What the fine print says? The answer is no, the majority of society mindless clicks agree to be able to get the annoyances out of the way and proceed to what they were doing. Little do we know what we are agreeing to, are we selling our soul? Our first born child? We entrust in these companies to keep our information private and hidden and only for their consumption if need be.
People say they are private people and keep there lives to themselves but are we really? We all know someone who over does it on Facebook or exposes themselves on Instagram, but there is a bigger picture here that the documentary hits on and that is companies we have given credit card info to, personal info they can and have sold our information to other companies and we would never know because we do not read the fine print.
The documentary also hits the factor of our government tapping in and listening to our phone calls,reading our emails, looking at our social media accounts and so much more and all in the good faith of looking for “terrorism” or people/situations that would endanger us . This is also done without our permission.
Its not like we shut down social media and boom we have our privacy back, no this is a much further and deeper issue that is beyond our control, sure we can control what we say and what we post but the government watching will never go away, the credit card info you put in to purchase something is now is some data base, social media sets up your account to the public by default with exposing birthdays, cell phone numbers ect.. Privacy being “private” is no more. We are in a day and age where we as people are advancing quicker therefore our technology and how we handle and go about things is advancing 10x as fast. We must embrace what the future and technology holds, for it will only become more advance.
By watching in class online security identity awareness, people seems to be the victims by giving away their privacy identity to the online company such as social media corporation Instagram, Facebook, Google, YouTube etc. These company is a worldwide company and they are asking for people’s identity when you are sign up. Corporations are requiring you to give up your identity in order to use their site or content they are offering. People are giving up their identity without realizing that they identity are not safe and people all over the online can see your identity.
Tips not to give up or reduce your risks to protect your identity to online corporations:
- Be aware what you are searching and what you want to do with online sites.
- By knowing what you are going to do with online sites, make sure you do a research before giving up your real identity.
- Giving up your real identity could give away to your trusted website such as your own banks, but be aware if the site you use is real your bank website.
- For most social media websites such as Instagram, Facebook, Google, YouTube etc. You should not give away your real name and address or your own history. It is unavoidable if you are really a photogenic and want to show off your friends how you are and what you are up to, then you might have to give up your identity to public by posting your own pictures and your locations. People know who you are and how you look like.
- Learn the online website’s security so you can set up your own privacy.
- Do not give up your real name for social media website, give your nick name and name something else you prefer.
- Do not name something people can guess who you are, and if someone call you by your name, delete it.
- Make sure you always check your device option, turn off the sharing location.
With the rise of social sharing many people are quickly realizing that the internet is forever, and nothing is really private once it’s out there. So what’s the answer? Well, if you’re really concerned, the only way to be really sure of your privacy is to get offline completely. However, for those of us in an internet connected age, getting offline completely is the nuclear option. So what are we to do?
Check you this article by ZDNET for some easy, effective ideas for how to really protect your information online.
We are living in an interesting time. And by interesting I mean that all of your personal information is up for grabs to the highest bidder. If you thought that all of your information was safe, you’re wrong. You know when those terms and conditions pop up, maybe you should start reading them. But if you don’t read the fine print you’re not alone. According to an article in the Guardian 73% of people don’t even try and read the terms and conditions. and out of the 27% of people who try and trudge through the miles and miles of terms and conditions and 17% of those brave souls actually understand what there reading. For something that is so important and can play such a big role in your life, why do so many people still not even bat an eye at the idea that the terms and conditions they are agreeing too could lead to things they never thought was possible. But when some of these terms and conditions are 30,000 words that appear on your screen in the smallest of small print maybe thats the company sending a message. That message being they really don’t want you to be reading and understanding the terms and the conditions that you agree too all the time. For more info check out the article below.
You wake up, decide to hop online and look up what the weather will be like before you get dressed to know what to anticipate. You might double check that a teacher hasn’t canceled any class for that day before you get there. Or maybe take a gander at how much longer it will take your Amazon package to arrive to you. We use the internet as a vast means of information gathering, sharing, ordering items, and the uses for it continue to grow every day.
What if someone was able to see everything you did online? Anything you may have ever looked up on Google? What if people started putting together ideas about you based on a few words you may have used in a joking context, but they didn’t get the joke and now your Face Book post has turned into a potential national threat?
Companies are constantly adjusting their user privacy terms to better suite the needs they currently have. Take Face Book for example, ever notice how all of your settings are automatically set so that anyone anywhere can see your page? It didn’t used to be like that, but now you have to manually go through to change the default settings. That can be a tricky term too, just because it is a “default” setting, does not mean that you should be comfortable with whatever that entity says you should be. Its little things like taking the time to know your rights that will really be your saving grace if times turn hard.