To be able to understand why we should care about privacy and approach this topic seriously, we first have to define what privacy is and why it is so important.
To me, privacy means my ability to voluntarily decide what personal information I want to keep private and what I want to share and with whom. There is no strict definition what personal information is, but here I just use the common sense.
Privacy is so important because it is directly connected with freedom. For some people this might be more difficult to understand because usual mindset is but I don't care, I don't have anything to hide. Let me ask you this: would you give me access to all your WhatsApp messages or your credit card information? Of course not because you don't know me, you can't trust me and I might be malicious and use your private information against you. For example, I could blackmail you to send me some money not to expose that you cheated on your significant other or to use your credit card information to steal your money. So, at this point, you lost your freedom — you have to do what I say or suffer consequences. Through violation of your privacy I took control over you and your freedom. This is all logical, right? Then, why are you giving this kind of information every day, constantly, to other entities like Facebook, Google, Microsoft, Apple, etc? Just because those companies are famous, doesn't imply that they have good intentions. They put their tentacles in all aspects of your life without you even realizing it, they don't charge you for their services, but they are obsessed with your data because information is power and you are the product, not the customer.
Privacy is also important for free speech. If you can't freely say what you think, because of the fear of consequences and censorship, then you don't live in a free society.
Let's not keep it at philosophy and conspiracy theory only and take a look at real life examples that can help to understand why it is good idea to keep information private and that you can research and make conclusion for yourself.
Have you heard about China's Social Credit System? Make sure to read that article and watch this video:
To me, it looks worse than Orwell and Aldous Huxley predictions and it will be fully deployed and mandatory in China during 2020. Don't be fooled with it is communist China because this is a blueprint for the whole world, IMHO.
Now, let's see another opinion about what's going on with Coronavirus — make some 🍿 and watch this interview about Coronavirus that Brian Rose from London Real made with David Icke. It was banned from YouTube, Vimeo, Facebook, LinkedIn and the UK regulator Ofcom showing us that we as citizens no longer have the right to publicly express our independent opinions.
You know who Bill Gates is, right? Founder of Microsoft — software you are probably using daily. Well, take a good look what some people think.
I hope you are familiar with The EARN IT Act. They want to ban encryption, to be able to more easily spy on you.
Do you know that WhatsApp co-founder Brian Acton left Facebook after selling it to them? Then he founded Signal with Moxie Marlinspike, the author of Signal Protocol (that is also behind WhatsApp), to create secure, privacy oriented alternative for WhatsApp. Mentioned EARN IT Act is now a big threat to Signal.
This is just a top of the iceberg, and again — think for yourself, do your research and decide if it's worth improving your privacy.
They who can give up essential liberty to obtain a little temporary safety deserve neither liberty nor safety.
~ Benjamin Franklin
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