More and more, our privacy is being eroded, Big Tech is utilizing the tools we
Recently, an opinion piece in The New York Times, "Why We Should Stop
The first statement in the piece I have an issue with:
Media coverage of the threat to personal privacy from technology
This statement ignores the people advocating for limited governments, the people who see government intrusion into our lives as a threat just as dangerous as that of Big Tech, and the people of who advocate for privacy and individual rights. It's not about running to the government to keep Big Tech out of our lives, it's about wanting Big Tech and governments out of our lives.
The author says that "Regulating tech companies could create problems worse than the ones we seek to solve. If we constrict their fuel — data — we may hurt not only the quality, cost and speed of their services but also the drivers of growth for the world's economy
While data is important to market research and machine learning, there is no stipulation in developing market research and machine learning that requires our phones to have hidden microphones listening to us even when we think they are not. Edward Snowden, in an interview with Vice News, took apart a smartphone and showed the interviewer the secondary microphone - why was it there? This feature, one that cannot
What the piece also misses is the fact that government and tech have been in bed with each other for decades. When some praised
"If safety is the actual goal of protecting privacy, consider this: Large tech companies may be our best line of defense against hackers, state surveillance and terrorists. These companies have the talent and resources to match well-funded and sophisticated adversaries. As the threat of
This statement is in line with the age-old "if you aren't doing anything wrong, it shouldn't matter if they look" mentality. The problem with this thinking is that it assumes wrongdoing or "we can't trust these people so we need to keep an eye on them". In the call to break up Facebook, Google had to do with the fact they undermined the public trust and were caught doing so. How could Facebook protect us from state surveillance when their platform is being used by governments around the world to spread propaganda and misinformation?
Apple's unwillingness to unlock the iPhone used by the San Bernardino terrorist had more to do with protecting market shares and sales, and less with protecting privacy; our thinking that tech companies are looking out for our best interest or want to protect us from threats for any other reason than sales is absurd.
Google (YouTube), Facebook, and Twitter are de-platforming those they dislike, which in the age of the Internet is like saying that a person does not exist and
We should advocate for our privacy because it's our privacy, and no one may invade it. Not the government, not corporations. Every day, we hear that this is a human right, and it is - privacy is the greatest human right, and the one most under threat.
True, we should not
The New York Times. 2019. "Opinion | Why We Should Stop Fetishizing Privacy," May 24, 2019. https://nyti.ms/2ECcWax