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Topic Title: E&T magazine - Debate - Is the gathering of personal data an invasion of our privacy?
Topic Summary: Is the gathering of personal data an invasion of our privacy?
Created On: 17 July 2013 10:52 AM
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 17 July 2013 10:52 AM
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Privacy is the currency of online retail, and it's too high a price to pay for what we're getting .

Privacy is the currency of online retail and it's not too high a price to pay for what we're getting.

The argument for:
When you're online, there are times when you can't help wondering how the retailer knows so much about you. How did that pop-up advertisement know you've been checking out the best-buy baby monitors? And this makes you wonder what third parties are doing with your data and what that says about the state of your privacy. Now, it is absolutely the case that there are boxes you can tick to opt out of your data being used. But we don't want to spend all day clicking on what are increasingly complicated privacy settings. And even if we are assiduous in doing this, the opportunities to opt out or protect ourselves are hidden away. In the real world, taking control of your data privacy is easier said than done. And being truly anonymous online is virtually impossible.

The argument against:
There are certainly concerns about liberty and privilege when it comes to what third parties in the e-retail and social media industries do with the data they collect from their consumers. But I don't think there's a serious privacy issue here. You can work the system in your favour to a certain extent, so long as you understand that whatever you do with your data, in terms of handing it over to third parties, is a transaction. We all understand that there is some sort of transaction going on. So really it is all about putting a value on the data that you are handing over and then making a judgement as to what you get in return is worth it. People need to ask: "what am I handing over, why, and what am I getting back?"
 04 August 2013 03:31 AM
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The internet was originally meant for connecting individuals and groups together, without much concern for securing their connections. all of the enhancements to it were done and are doing in the present and probably in the future are for sharing information and data whilst inculcating e-commence in the competitive environment.. Even privacy has become a "business" for creating a new segment of market in information security.

Apart from this issue the tracking and monitoring of individuals either by ad agencies, governments,cyber attackers,etc.... or just common individuals depends on each others motivations and goals.

Cyberlaw on the other hand is too slow to counter technology advancements due to the complexity and diversified legistlations in each country.

Saying all of this, who really owns' the internet? Any technology without proper "balance" would be an end to itself.


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