The facebook scandal has everyone a bit concerned. I tend think the concerns somewhat exaggerated. At least, I tend to think those concerns exaggerated so long as we are not stupid enough to demand government regulation and “protection”.
What would government regulation do? Government would not prevent the information from being collected. Think about it. Does government prevent information from being collected or find some way to give itself access?
Here is an example. One thing news media does not mention is that facebook virtually gave the Obama campaign access to all of its information for free. Did the news media have a cow? No. They just thought the Obama campaign brilliant.
You don’t want private corporations getting invading your privacy? Then don’t tell them anything. You want to go on the Internet and not be monitored. Then you will have to pay for the privilege. When something is “free”, then you are the product.
Works like this. Because of advertisements, TV is “free”. Sponsors pay for programs because that allows them to advertise at you. You don’t like advertisements? Then you have to pay for what you watch.
The Internet allows advertisers to focus their advertisements. Based upon your viewing history, they place their ads. Just the next logical step.
Never in history has personal privacy been more protected by law. Yet never in history have people sacrificed their own privacy so completely.
If you confess a sin to your pastor or priest, that member of the clergy cannot tell anyone else that you have said—not even a police officer, or a judge and jury during a trial. Your confession remains private among yourself, your confessor, and the Lord.
Health professionals are also required to keep your information confidential. They cannot even share your information among one another for your own good without your permission. If you are in the hospital and a family member or friend (or your pastor or priest) calls the hospital for information about you, the hospital workers cannot say anything about you—not even whether you are there.
If you are a student, your teachers cannot discuss your academic progress without your permission…
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