In response to the CNN article by Bruce Schneier: The Internet is a surveillance state
Bruce Schneier is wrong. Privacy is not over — the public is just now learning how invasive Internet technology, tech corporations, and government really are, and that they ACT to protect and maintain the US surveillance economy. When enough citizens tell Congress and the President to stop, this privacy disaster will stop.
The public is just beginning to WAKE UP. Today is the start of privacy in the Digital Age in the US, not the end.
It’s a lie that people happily give up privacy for “targeted ads” — tech giants like Google, Facebook, etc. have PREVENTED us from having apps and tools that enable privacy (ie, our right TO control personal information online). We have NO choices because government and the data mining industry have prevented us from having meaningful choices.
Signs of intelligent life in the Universe:
- Attend or watch the 3rd International Summit on the Future of Health Privacy (its free). The EU Data Protection Supervisor will keynote and so will the US Chief Technology Officer—-the stark differences between US and EU data protections will be discussed—register at: http://www.healthprivacysummit.org/d/vcq3vz/4W
- SnapChat—millions of free downloads of an app that shows people want technology that gives THEM control over their data: single use of info (a picture in this case) and the ability to delete info. See: http://patientprivacyrights.org/2013/02/snapchat-and-the-erasable-future-of-social-media/
- A recent Pew Research Center study found smartphone users are taking action to protect their privacy:
- Mobile Privacy & Data Management
- 50% “decided not to install applications on their mobile phones because they demanded too much personal information”
- Nearly a third uninstalled an application after learning that it was collecting personal information “they didn’t wish to share.”
- And one in five turned off location tracking “because they were concerned that other individuals or companies could access that information.”
- See: http://patientprivacyrights.org/2012/09/consumers-say-no-to-mobile-apps-that-grab-too-much-data/
- The default for Microsoft’s Windows 8 browser is ‘Do Not Track’
- Microsoft’s Chief Privacy Officer Brendon Lynch said a recent company study of computer users in the United States and Europe concluded that 75 percent wanted Microsoft to turn on the Do Not Track mechanism. “Consumers want and expect strong privacy protection to be built into Microsoft products and services.”
- See more in the New York Times article: Do Not Track? Advertisers Say ‘Don’t Tread on Us’
DONATE to help Latanya Sweeney and Patient Privacy Rights build a health data map—-we MUST prove that thousands of hidden data users are stealing, using , and selling our personal health data: http://patientprivacyrights.org/donate/
SEE Latanya describe thedataMap at: http://patientprivacyrights.org/thedatamap/
This is the beginning of privacy, the war has just begun.