‘Internet prisoners’

‘Internet prisoners’

I got nothing to hide, nevertheless I am not the type of person who will share anything about me easily.   I am cautious in the online world. I don’t blindly sign up or give my information on any website unless it is “secured”.

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Unfortunately, as a Facebook and social media user, I have already allowed intrusion into my privacy. But… but… but… these are big names who surely keep my privacy protected, isn’t it? I’m a fool to believe that. Truly, there is no such thing as secured privacy online. David Taras’s Digital Mosaic disclosed how social media sites are gateways to other media, collects users’ data and sell it. I totally believe this, observing how the feeds and sponsored ads appear on my Facebook page caters to what I want, tempting me to click and follow them. Oh wait, it’s the other way around, they are following me.

A year ago, Facebook faces €100m fine after Belgian court ruling. Financial Times reported that Facebook was also ordered to stop tracking its users and to destroy the personal data that it obtained illegally.

I second Taras’s thought the users are the main product of the Internet.  Collecting data and selling information is one of the ways for companies to stay in business. Is there still a way for us to redeem our privacy? Not anymore. That is a fantasy.

As long as you are logged in on your social media, you downloaded an app or use GPS or your smartphone location is on, you gave permission and welcome everyone to encroach your privacy. We are at the age of Internet consumption, we take advantage of everything there is available online forgetting that it is also consuming us.

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Anyone who uses the Internet has consented to let go of their privacy. There’s no privacy in the digital world, this is I am certain. We are now willing prisoners of the Internet.

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