Everyone is entitled to a private life, but there’s no guarantee that your entire life is private. In today’s world, between signing up for different social networks, shopping online, applying for a credit card, and so much more, we are providing personal information about ourselves. Once that information is out there, it becomes difficult to keep track of it (check out this related article).
We think nothing of it when a website asks us to provide our name and email address, but doing so can allow others to find more information about us. For example, the website Spokeo collects and then sells your personal information. Most of you are probably thinking to yourselves how do they know all that information about me? Well, you’re the one that provided it to them; you just didn’t know you were doing so at the time. Yes, they may do some digging in order to obtain all that information on you, but they are able to find your personal information because you had previously entered it somewhere online.
According to the article Data Mining: How Companies Now Know Everything About You published in Time Magazine, “There’s no code of conduct. There’s no standard. There’s nothing that safeguards privacy and establishes rules of the road.” There truly are no limits when it comes to the Internet. You can Google somebody’s name and find a good amount of information on them even though that person has never put their information out to the public. Most of us tend to think that our lives are completely private, but that’s usually not the case. Not only is it easy for relatives or friends to find information about you on the Internet now, it’s also very easy for law enforcement.
As taken from the article, Facebook friend turns into Big Brother, “Law enforcement has to evolve with technology, it has to happen.” Social networks such as Facebook and Instagram are making it easier for law enforcement to find and punish people for certain crimes such as underage drinking. Some people are against this, because they believe that law enforcement should be out stopping crime, not sitting on a computer analyzing people’s social networks.
Taken directly from The American Civil Liberties Union, according to Nathan Wessler the FBI claims that it can read emails as well as other electronic communications without a warrant. How does that make you feel knowing that your personal emails are being read by the FBI? I’m sure you feel like it’s a violation of your privacy. This is just another example showing that when it comes to the Internet nothing we do is private.
Privacy has changed over the years; it is harder to keep our lives to ourselves. Between social networks, and everything the Internet has to offer it is much easier to obtain information on other people. Do you think it is possible to be truly private? What do you think about law enforcement’s idea in regards to evolving with technology?