Your online privacy matters

Internet has become a part of everyday life. An average American spent more than 30 hours online weekly. Internet has changed the traditional way of exchanging information. However, laws and public awareness have yet to catch up the need for privacy when involving technologies. Without online privacy, our everyday life actions are being collected and monitored. Our personal information should be something that we should be able to share on our own consensus.

Who might be watching you online

Corporations

Corporations are collecting data on their consumers. Those data are mostly collected for advertising purposes. Companies like Google record zillions of information, such as search history, emails, even personal preferences. And there is no way to opt out if you choose to use their services.

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Governments

Governments are monitoring the Internet. The US government especially has launched massive surveillance of both domestically and internationally. The National Security Agency has been intercepting American's telephone and other digital communications illegally for over a decade.

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Hackers

Hackers are trying to get your personal information mainly for economy gain. This can be easily prevented by security precautions such like strong passwords and antivirus. State-sponsored hackers are harder to prevent. Still, methods like encryption can be a good way to self-defend yourself.

Historically, privacy was almost implicit, because it was hard to find and gather information. But in the digital world, whether it's digital cameras or satellites or just what you click on, we need to have more explicit rules - not just for governments but for private companies.
Bill Gates
Bill Gates
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