By Peter Trinh
It seems that more and more we are faced with increasing evidence that we have a digital presence; from advertising that knows things about us that feels creepy; to hearing about compromise of our data with companies through computer hacking; to increased requirements that we do things online or divulge an escalating amount of information about ourselves online.
Is it Worth Taking Back Control of Your Digital Presence? It is a very valid question. We are assured by society that it is safe to divulge information to those with authority and are on the honest side of the law. To be able to trust in others seems to be more conducive to the flow of life; otherwise seems to be a project – the last thing we need in our busy lives!
Edward Snowden, known for exposing the massive amount of data surveillance that the US government was performing on its citizens, says two things:
- “Arguing that you don’t care about the right to privacy because you have nothing to hide, is no different than saying you don’t care about free speech because you have nothing to say.”
- “Privacy isn’t about something to hide. Privacy is about something to protect. And that’s who you are. That’s what you believe in. That’s who you want to become. Privacy is the right to the self. Privacy is what gives you the ability to share with the world who you are on your own terms.”
Consider asking “Is it worth protecting the right to be myself on my own terms?” This will continue a series of articles that will look into all of the different areas this issue affects and detail how you can turn it around to your own terms.
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