We get asked why one should care about their privacy. With all of the technology available today and the US government monitoring everything such as what we post online or facial recognition at airports, our loss of privacy is inevitable anyway.
If someone were to pose this question to you, your response could be “give me the following information…”
- Tell me how much you made last year and your bank balances
- Tell me your health history and every prescription you and your family had (health apps sell this data to others)
- Add me to Find Friends so I can track where you and your spouse & kids are at all times (i.e. Phone companies and apps sell your whereabouts)
- Let me download your voice assistants’ (Alexa, Google Assistant, Siri) history, including the inadvertent recordings.
- Let me download all of your Google searches you have ever done.
Those who say they don’t care about their privacy because they’re not doing anything wrong are really saying they don’t care if the proper authorities are monitoring them because they aren’t doing anything wrong. What they fail to imagine is data is being collected by everyone and will often fall into the wrong hands, including hackers. Juniper Research’s 2018 report says 148 billion records will be exposed through 2023!
Privacy doesn’t matter until it does. We are unable to understand all of the ramifications until it I too late. You don’t think privacy is important until someone tries to use your exposed social security number to file a tax return in your name to steal your return or information from social networks or people search sites to call you and scam you out of paying a ransom for a fake kidnapping.
Make sure to check what data is out there about you using our free Consumer Privacy Dashboard!