For those people that think that this is all inevitable and are without a doubt either too naive or too willing to accept what corporations are telling them as fact (no, basic telemetry isn't "vital" to the operation of Windows 10, it is vital to match your installed applications to their suggested apps ads in the Start menu though, but they won't say it like that because not being hypocritical is not in their plans), here are two articles from the past few days:
Tom's: Emerging Cyber Threats For 2016, According To Georgia Tech Institute Of Technology
The Georgia Institute of Technology put together a list of its top four cybersecurity threats for 2016. These include the ever-expanding list of technology companies that are weakening privacy, the growth of Internet of Things (IoT) devices that aren't secure, a lack of well-trained security professionals, and cyber espionage.
And the first item on the list is.... yep, it's what this thread is about:
Weakening Of Privacy
The researchers said that individuals today are increasingly more pressured to sign-up for "take it or leave it" privacy policies in which they have to give up tremendous amounts of data in order to be able to use the service at all.
There is little to no flexibility and control given to the users to choose to give part of the data in exchange for a portion of the service, for instance. Mobile devices have made it worse by constantly tracking our locations, as well.
Worse still is the fact that access to data is given to third-party companies that the users of the service may not even be aware of, and with which they have no prior relationship.
The Tech Report: Friday night topic: Should we all be paranoid now?
I just finished reading Walter Kirn's article in The Atlantic about mass surveillance and privacy issues, entitled If you're not paranoid, you're crazy
. Kirn explores the extent to which advertisers and governments have been collecting and using data on our habits—the things we already know—and asks whether freedom is compatible with today's tools of surveillance and the ways they're wielded.
Kirn's article includes a bit of scaremongering and takes a few shortcuts, but the questions it raises—about how the new tools of constant data collection are changing the world around us—are still worth considering.
And I agree about one thing. I've already apologized to at least one paranoid, Linux-using acquaintance in light of our creeping awareness of the extent of state surveillance. I had judged things wrongly. Given the potential for abuse made possible by new technology, paranoia sometimes does seem like a rational response to the current situation.
The above is coming from none other than TR's owner, Scott Wasson. Also, the article on the Atlantic is the cover article of the magazine. People are paying attention and this is all but inevitable.Edited by tpi2007 - 11/2/15 at 10:42pm