We constantly post sensitive data on social media sites thinking no one’s going to take it, or use it against us.
Marlton, NJ (PRWEB) May 03, 2013
Privacy is a hot-button issue, and protecting it seems to be getting more and more difficult. A February 2013 article in the New York Times describes social media sites, including Facebook, as a kind of personal vault where sensitive information can accumulate for years. Who can access that information can range far afield, from relatives to law enforcement agencies to potential thieves. How can we be upset at the current climate where addresses and Social Security numbers are ripe for the taking, when we’re the ones who created it? That’s the main issue Richard P. Console Jr. tackles in his latest work, “Privacy is Dead and We Gladly Killed It.”
“We’re told to never share personal information online,” says Console. “Yet we constantly post sensitive data on social media sites thinking no one’s going to take it, or use it against us. What is worse, businesses are starting to take notice of this, which is why we’ve seen such an uptick in tailored marketing strategies. What we consider ‘personal data’ is actually very public, and readily available.”
In his newest article, Console explores how the explosion of social media in the United States has led to the winnowing of our privacy, from access to our Social Security numbers to how many times a year we fly. Could our own genetic material influence how much companies charge us for the products and services we purchase? As it turns out, according to Console, some companies are already doing just that.