Can The Privacy Revolution Prevail?

from Forbes

How many of you were suckered by the Facebook privacy hoax and posted the scary note revoking Facebook’s rights to your pictures and data? Oops. Snopes has pointed out that Facebook never owned your data. The message is useless. You control who sees your information through Facebook privacy controls, but by agreeing to the site’s terms of use you are granting Facebook a “non-exclusive, transferable, royalty-free, worldwide license to use any content you post.”

But the number of people who’ve posted point to a very real phenomenon: the growing sensitivity of consumers to websites that share or sell your information. While some uses of the information are helpful (predictive analytics increase vender sales and consumer efficiency by honing in on the items you are likely to buy), the backlash over actions such as secret subject testing, data mining and NSA overreach is propelling a tidal wave of revolt.

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24 Responses to Can The Privacy Revolution Prevail?

  1. Wilfred Kiboro February 2, 2015 at 10:40 pm #

    This articles by Forbes magazine addresses an ongoing issue that has massive affect on people’s personal agendas. He says that this lack of security towards peoples online privacy will cause a tidal wave of revolt and he is absolutely right. Therefore, I am almost certain the privacy revolution will prevail and I have reasons why.

    First, if people’s personal information can be acquired by any capable, computer literate person it puts that individual in threat. Not only physical threat but also livelihood; like jobs. Especially now that hiring companies are looking into potential employees accounts of Facebook, Instagram and such as they carry out their employment procedures. Once the community learns about this, which most already have, there will be large scale panic and the collateral damage will be enormous. Especially for the accused companies. The lawsuits and other expenses that arise from this will lead to their downfall.

    Secondly, now that people are more cautious on this subject matter, there will be upcoming companies that will try seize this opportunity to take over the market from the vulnerable giants such as Facebook. As a result of this the big companies will have no other option but to adhere to the consumers needs to be able to fend off the new competition or risk the loss of its users.

    In conclusion, with these facts playing a significant part in this ‘argument’, its clear to see what the outcome will be. The people always have their way and in this case their way is privacy.

  2. Joshua Cohen February 3, 2015 at 10:39 pm #

    This article reminds me of what I continue to hear from people I know that live on Facebook. They say Facebook and other websites like it reveal privacy. But, like the article states, most of the time it is the user putting their phone number, address, email, etc on their account for others to see.

    This is a big deal, especially for older people working. like Wilfred said above me, before certain companies people apply for hire them, its very likely they check out your twitter, Facebook, and other types of social media to check out your profile. That gives them a little background information on you.

    In conclusion, these types of social media are trying to make it clear that privacy is up to the owner of the account. They will not get blamed if the owner puts something personal on their account. This will continue to be an ongoing issue until people decide to be smart with their account because the company not be blamed anymore.

  3. Joseph Keppler February 4, 2015 at 12:58 am #

    The article about “The Privacy Revolution Prevail?” was extremely interesting. The article explains that companies such as Facebook and other social media companies are taking the information that you post to your account and storing it for future references. Over the past years people have been rising up and saying that when companies take this information they are invading their privacy. Something that I thought was interesting was that the CEO of Apple Tim Cook said that if this problem does not get under control soon then there may be revolutions and uprisings. He also says that if consumers feel strongly enough about vendors using their personal information then the vendors have to oblige.

    The next part of the article that I thought was interesting was about how some ideas have been based upon the idea of privacy. Companies such as SnapChat use “privacy” to their advantage. These videos and pictures that people send to each other “disappear” after a certain amount of seconds. This company has set its success off of keeping their users information private. SnapChat has made billions of dollars and users love it because they think that their information is “safe.”

    Despite the fact that companies such as SnapChat have succeeded on gaining so many customers through the idea that they have “privacy,” i reality though they do not have privacy at all. The data that people put on their SnapChat is actually stored in an information bucket that can be used at any time. From the article the trend seems to be that companies that can cover up the fact that they are taking personal information are succeeding. This article posed many questions that are going to be the center of attention in a few years.

  4. Alfred Valli February 6, 2015 at 1:17 pm #

    This article about internet privacy can show us a lot. It talks about how social media sites such as Facebook, and other sites like it. It also talks about how sites such as these can use your personal information and even sell it to other companies. And in some ways there is no way around this, you have to accept the sites terms and conditions to even be able to create and account and use the site.

    An interesting company they mentioned was Apple. This company has become so popular in the past few years and with so many people using and purchasing their products they have a lot of personal information. They maintain a lot of peoples financial information as well as personal information. Especially now with the phones that scan your finger prints. This is very sensitive information and anyone who owns that phone really wants to know that they are completely secure in using it and owning it. This info can be harmful if used the wrong way or if sold to other companies.

    There was also interesting stats in this article. It said that 99% of people care about their online privacy and a high 71% deeply care about it. It also stated that as much as 76% of people were likely to check if a website had a security seal or guarantee. These numbers sound accurate to me. I know that most people are very particular with their information and they should be. With access to your information your identity can be stolen and that is a very bad thing. I think the more protected our information can be the better and if privacy does not improve or stay as well as possible we will se people shy away from these websites and companies.

  5. Jeremy Galvis February 6, 2015 at 3:06 pm #

    This article reads as if it was a piece of native advertising purchased by MeWe.com. The article explains how companies such as Facebook, Snapchat, and Whatsapp convince the user that their data is protected, but in reality betrays the users trust. Especially in Facebook’s case by means of “secret subject testing…” To defend the author, they did interview the CEO of MeWe.com so it would make sense that MeWe would be the primary example. However, it comes off as the only viable alternative for social media. They do give kudos to Ello, a self describe “anti Facebook” social platform with their lack of advertising, but the author dismisses it with reviews about how it is not user friendly.

    That being said, having an account on social media is not essential in today’s business world, unlike having an email account. You do not need to have an account on Facebook advance your career. If you feel that a social media site is to invasive, then you can opt out of their service at any time. These are private companies that explain their terms. If you choose to just click “I accept” without reading and agreeing to their privacy policies, then how can you justify being upset when you find out that Facebook tracks your data? One of my former supervisors told me that you can only be mad at yourself for putting private information in a public forum.

    In the cases where companies have mislead people, the article gives the examples of Facebook secretly tracking your data, and Snapchat not permanently deleting your photos, all I have to say is that these companies have been exposed. If after they have betrayed your trust, you still choose to have an account with them, then you can only blame yourself for any “violation” of your privacy after that.

  6. Ashley Scott February 6, 2015 at 7:09 pm #

    Privacy concerns will continue to be an issue if we keep putting all our trust in what these social sites tell us. These companies are taking the information you provide to them and sell this information to other companies. Companies like Facebook and Snap Chat will make us believe they are deleting our information. In reality our information is stored for their personal uses. The Harris Interactive poll stated about 99% of American’s care about their privacy but only 71% really care. I believe we put our faith too deeply in assuming we are protected.

    We should limit the personal information we put on the internet. All it takes is one hacker to gain your information. People who use social media sites can’t be upset if they are providing these companies with their information. This information can also be tracked by employers. The article talked about the privacy policy of MeWe’s policy. Their policy states, ” guarantees members that no privacy change will occur without members being notified clearly and given an easy path to opt-out and delete their accounts if they don’t agree with the changes.” Honestly should we trust they will stick to their own policy? I believe there is more to the policy which we are not able to examine.

  7. Cameron Quisenberry February 6, 2015 at 7:22 pm #

    When I was younger, I had always been fascinated with the ability to read minds and what people were thinking about themselves and about others. However, that immediately changed when I was in the eighth grade. My eighth grade year, I decided to get a Facebook, year by year more social media was put on the market and I fell into the pressures of acquiring these social medias. As of today, I have created an account for Facebook, Twitter, Vine, Instagram, linkdIn, Snapchat, Voxer, Cyber Dust, YikYak, and have created emails on google and yahoo. Needless to say, I have a lot of information about myself on social media. Privacy, regarding social media, has never been an issue with me until I came to college and figured out the implications of having social media in regard to privacy.

    I think Jeremy hit the nail on the head with his comment. At the end of the day, it is our choice to have an account with all of these social medias, and if you do not adhere or agree to the terms and conditions within that social media, you can easily delete the account. Once you agree to any terms and conditions anyone gives you, you are officially agreeing to any statements they make regarding privacy. For example, Facebook states that once you agree to the terms and conditions, they now have access to any post that you make on their site giving them the power to do whatever they want with your Facebook posts or pictures.

    If people are so concerned with their privacy, there are a plethora of steps you can take to ensure more privacy is taken into effect. For example, most proponents of social media have an option on the profile page to make you a private account. This means that anyone who searches your name cannot see what you have posted without your consent. If people do not agree with these implications, they should simply delete their account.

  8. Dakota Best February 6, 2015 at 7:57 pm #

    This article shows how much we, as human beings, want to protect ourselves and our privacy. It’s weird to think that we care so much about our privacy when we put so much out there on the internet fro everyone to see. But yet even with how much we put out online we still care about people not seeing what we have put out there. But none the less online privacy is a big frontier that is trying to be tamed and conquered. Even with today’s technology and the amount of security that happens when registering there is still security and privacy breaches.

    It truly is amazing how far we have come since the beginning of the internet, when people were all on it, but were still conscious as to what they were doing. Then with the time where everyone put everything online, with no regard for personal security back to now, when everyone is all uptight about privacy. I guess that with everyone being more observant about privacy that less people will lose their personal stuff that they put online.

    I think that it is great the companies like “MeWe.com” is available for the public and that they protect the individual’s privacy. I feel like companies like these are one step farther into privacy protection, but at the same time will be skeptical about putting thei trust into a company that is online and can be hacked. None the less I still feel like this is a huge step in the positive direction of privacy protection.

  9. Thomas Guglielmo February 10, 2015 at 8:25 pm #

    Privacy Privacy Privacy… What to do. In the eyes of executives in Google or Facebook, collecting private information is big money because it is free to collect and is valuable to marketing teams across the globe. In the eyes of consumers, questions are posed to executives such as, “How would you feel if we sold videos of you at home?!” So, what is the voice of reason in this mess and where do we draw the line of what information can be collected and sold? This article presents various viewpoints such as Mark Zuckerburg’s, “Privacy is a social norm of the past.” Privacy is obviously not a social norm of the past, it is a hotly debated topic on TED Talks and in various other professional environments.

    The best conclusion I have come to in this debate is that information about what a person clicks, the websites they visit, where they are from, etc. should all be collected for marketing purposes. However, nothing and absolutely nothing that reveals or contains a person’s identity or content from their personal life should be collected or traded.

    As of now, this is not the case. Therefore, it is up to the individual to be mindful of what they share any time they are looking, or typing, or speaking, or interacting for that matter, with an electronic device. It is imperative to be responsible for every action taken on the internet because anyone can be viewing the information a person inputs.

  10. Anna Parks February 11, 2015 at 5:43 pm #

    The Forbes article, “Can The Privacy Revolution Prevail?”, touched on three very timely subjects – social media, big data, and user privacy. All of these subjects are worthy of their own separate discussions, but in reading the article I was surprised to see the results of the Harris Interactive poll put alongside of a comment from Mark Zuckerburg, CEO of Facebook, who just celebrated the 10th anniversary of the founding of his company in 2014 (via TechCrunch.com, Facebook Turns 10, http://techcrunch.com/2014/02/04/facebook-turns-10).

    The Harris poll suggested that almost every American cares about his or her user privacy on the internet, with 71% “caring deeply”. Meanwhile, Zuckerburg publicly stated that “privacy [is] ‘a social norm of the past.’” Clearly, a big difference in the opinions of Facebook’s users and its founder, who now has more stakeholders to answer to now that the company is publicly traded and new challenges in how to maintain the company’s longevity and shareholder interest (via the Motley Fool, This Is the Worst Case Scenario for Facebook Shareholders, http://fool.com/investing/general/2015/02/05/this-is-the-worst-case-scenario-for-facebook-share.aspx). The Forbes article went on to describe the growing popularly of services filling a niche for user privacy and anonymity while still offering the same, fun features that we have come to expect from social media and related websites. Sites like SnapChat, Ello, and Whisper promise not to set cookies or save user data, putting anonymity and privacy back into the hands of users – or so they say.

    In an age when Facebook, Twitter, and other established social media sites are publicly traded companies or in the process of attracting investors for an IPO, there is a growing concern about how the businesses can remain afloat. What are they doing to bring in revenue and, hopefully, make a profit? The answer to that question lies in the data that these sites are collecting on user demographics and preferences, which is then used by marketers to tailor digital ads and content to help sell products and services online.

    Personally, I have seen a large shift in the manner in which users conduct themselves online in the past 20 years, the approximate time that I started using the internet in early-middle school to present day. For example, alias use was encouraged when chatting with others on messaging platforms and chatrooms, like those found on AOL Instant Messenger. Using an alias was an easy and fun way to protect one’s real name from being exposed to others on the internet, and we were taught to never give out details like our last names, city and state names, or where we attended school. Now, using an alias seems to be unacceptable, something that people generally do when they want their identities to be hidden because they are saying something childish and inappropriate online, but it still remains the best way to ensure that one’s identity is protected on the internet.

    Alias or no alias, it is important for all users to know that a digital track record is created as soon as you visit or create a profile on a social site. Bits and pieces add up – a first name and email address from logging into your Facebook account, a preference you indicated when you ordered something from an online store… – to form a complete profile of who you are over time. Sites like SnapChat seem appealing, but the promise that “no data will be saved” is hardly truthful. Just because you can no longer see your data doesn’t mean that it is not stored on a server somewhere that you don’t know about, or that someone didn’t take a screen capture on his or her cell phone to save and share with friends. Users, young and old, should keep in mind that whatever is put on the internet will stay on the internet – period.

  11. Walker J. Mondt February 13, 2015 at 3:53 pm #

    With the recent burst of technological advancement and the rise of social media, privacy has also began to rise in importance. While many young people basically cannot live without social media, they also are very strongly opinionated about their rights. As the articles explains, many new apps like SnapChat and YikYak became popular because they offered a sense of safety.

    I personally am a huge advocate for privacy rights. Why? Because at the end of the day what do each of us have: our privacy. Each person deserves to have the right to post things online with the intent to share with those who they permit to share it with. I agree with the idea of a “Magna Carta” for the Internet. Things that people post such as pictures, videos, and personal information should be safe. On the other hand, things like status updates and “tweets” should be open for companies to use for identifying trends in the economy and such. I always wonder what will happen when someone from my generation runs for President. All of the stuff that is floating out there on the Internet that he or she put online that could be uncovered. That election will definitely be an interesting one.

    As the social media animal keeps evolving, I believe that privacy will play a big part in which companies stay afloat, and which die out. This is still a new frontier for us, and it will take a few years for us to really understand what we have in front of us. Hopefully, this revolution for privacy rights wins in the consumer’s favor because it is a scary thought to imagine if companies could continue to abuse our images social media posts for their gain.

  12. Arman Sandhu February 13, 2015 at 8:15 pm #

    One of the most controversial issues with new technology is privacy. Many people feel secure in “free” nations such as the U.S., Canada as well as many European nations. However, many times there are agencies that check the background of the people in the nation by the nations own government. There are some nations that clearly say that they will limit internet use, as well as restrain their citizen’s freedom of speech. On the other hand some nations don’t clearly state this.

    In Communist China, which is capitalist as well now there are natural barriers to stop their citizens from accessing the internet to its full capability. China has a very interesting system, they have set up software that detects key words China does not want displays and automatically bans them. To get around these word bans, many people switch other words in as substitutes such as in World of Warcraft people use a similar word for freedom. However, for instances such as these, China has invested tremendous capital in hiring internet monitors to read tons of pages on the internet to better eliminate anything the government deems “illegal”.

    In the U.S. it is very similar. The only difference is the government first tells the people, that it does not secretly watch over the internet, while it really does. This tactic is really frowned upon by a vast majority of American citizens. The U.S. claims at the end that it was all to keep “national security”. Which is indeed understandable, but when put into the idea that the people were lied to about it hurts. This blog is hinting at a very interesting concept which is whether we can trust our government.

    Many would argue the government should never be trusted while others say it is necessary. However, Benjamin Franklin said those that give up little privacy for security gain neither privacy nor security. It seems the governments of the world are monitoring their citizen’s social media sites. This can be seen as evident by the revelation of the NSA in the U.S. and we all knew countries like China always did it. I think what it all really crackles down to is how to we handle this technology that is moving so quickly other than to observe it.

  13. omar latif February 15, 2015 at 2:17 pm #

    The importance of privacy is evident in our everyday lives on social media. The privacy revolution is something that has been going on in recent years because the government has been exposed. Edward Snowden for example, has proven that the NSA has been snooping on all American citizens’ data and foreign countries governments. This revolution later exposed that Facebook and some networks have been selling peoples information. Trying to restore the consumers’ confidence in social media sites, is a big challenge right now.
    Mark Weinstein is a CEO of the website MeWe.com, this website guarantees that it will not sell your personal data and everything is kept private. People like the idea of security and when that is compromised, things change quickly. Apple’s CEO Tim Cook has also assured buyers that he does not give up information to the government or people who ask. This is important because now, when one wants to go to a job interview, the employer looks into his/her social media accounts and private life.
    I personally don’t think the Privacy Revolution will succeed because the government has been monitoring the internet for so long, there is nothing to stop them. if this information was never leaked, people would just carry on with their regular lives. I think the government has too much power and can do whatever it wants. The best idea in my personal opinion is to secure things using special companies that specialize in that region. Companies re making money assuring people that their private lives won’t be exposed.

  14. Chris Chau February 16, 2015 at 9:41 am #

    When I grew up back in the late 90s and early 2000s, my parents frequently taught me not to put up any personal information on the internet. Throughout the years, the mindset of Internet users has changed. Nowadays, it is possible to find an abundance of information about someone because of the information we put about ourselves online which are then leaked or sold to third parties. For example, when a caller I did not recognize called my phone, I was able to search up their number online and find out the name of the people who own the number along with what state they live in. I took it even further and used that additional information to find their home address. Another example was when another unknown caller contacted my sister and somehow discovered her name. We were able to find out the caller’s identity by searching the phone number on Facebook. We verified with the caller that it was their identity. The caller was someone my sister never met before or had any knowledge of.

    I view privacy as a basic human right, but information is treated like a commodity now. The more websites where you enter your genuine information into, the higher the chance that you are creating a virtual trail of information about yourself that other users can tap into. An additional side effect of information selling is that sometimes you will get phishing scams, spam emails, telemarketers and other unwanted junk. Even Rider University’s security isn’t that good. There have been times when I have been sent suspicious emails to my Rider email asking to verify my password and username in order to “upgrade” my account due to storage issues, which I use specifically for Rider business only.

  15. Mohamed Sassioui February 16, 2015 at 10:07 pm #

    I do think the author of this article did a very good job showing a positive side of social media how it is going to evolve in the future. It shows the progress that has been made so far in terms of individual and data privacy, or at least the attempt by social media companies to deal with the issue. Dealing with this issue becomes a necessity considering the fact that almost all users of social media are very concerned by their privacy. In terms of ethics, social media websites have to do something about it and fiercely defend individual privacy. Marketers do understand the opportunities behind it. Promoting privacy is becoming a differentiation tool and a compeititve advantage in order to attract more users. I did enjoy the examples of theses new social media websites such as Ello that base their business model on such ethical behavior, which is to ensure the privacy and the integrity of the data of their users. I have learned with this article that there is a growing number of such new social media, which is very encouraging.

    However, I am still concerned about how the leaders in this market will react and adapt to this shift towards more privacy consciousness. Facebook has tried to make some efforts in privacy control, but still, our personal data is at the mercy of these social media websites.

    Personally, I think social media should be used sparsely. It is to me the best method to ensure as much privacy as possible. Another advice would be: Do not put anything on social media that your mom would not be proud of.

  16. Meghan Monte February 17, 2015 at 11:52 am #

    This article highlights an increasingly popular topic – Internet privacy. Although I was not one of the many people who believed that Facebook owned my data and posted a note revoking their rights, I have always been well aware that whatever I may put on the Internet is fair game for almost whoever may ever want to use it. Most likely, things that I post online will be used without my ever knowing of it. This is something that everyone must be aware of when posting on social media and other websites.
    I was not surprised whatsoever when reading that 99% of Americans care about their online privacy. Almost everyone I’ve ever come into contact with has claimed to have been wary of certain websites or what information is being gathered just from turning on your wifi. Growing up, online purchasing and online bill payments were very new, so my mother was always warning me about putting my information out for the world to potentially see. It was not until recently that online shopping and online bill pay and online banking has become wildly popular, with a seeming decrease in concern for risk. This seems interesting, due to the increasing counts of identity theft and account hacking with major companies, such as Home Depot and Target. Regardless, society has shifted to a paperless, Internet-dependent regimen.
    Being one who never publicly posts anything that I am perfectly content with the world seeing, as well as one who is very careful from which websites I order via credit card from, I do take Internet security and privacy seriously and conduct myself carefully. Others are not so careful, although they may claim to care deeply. It is a rising phenomenon and everyone must know proper Internet conduct to survive this era without excessive fear.
    I was very intrigued to learn of Mark Weinstein’s company MeWe, a social platform that is based on privacy, with the company’s promise that they do not own, track, nor share user information. I think Weinstein has noticed and acted upon a very important issue, and I see his company pushing other similar companies to be much more consumer-privacy-conscious. The article notes that Apple has already begun advocating privacy, and Facebook has seemingly changed their stance from claiming that privacy is a “social norm of the past” to highlighting privacy features on the social network. Other companies illuminated in the article for their privacy protections are Snapchat and YikYak, both of which I am familiar. Although these companies claim to have disappearing pictures and videos and completely anonymous posts respectively, there have been reports of Snapchat maintaining all messages in a database, and YikYak posts being able to be tracked. Again, this should not come as any real surprise to those who use these mediums, as anything done through the Internet or on technology can be tracked and maintained.
    Privacy has become an issue, but I feel that anyone who uses online resources and platforms should be increasingly wary of their posts. The reality of it is that companies do use every move made online to their advantage and, regardless of whether or not companies claim promises of privacy, it remains the consumer’s job to protect him- or herself. We should not, however, allow others to use our intellectual property as their own. That is where it should end.

  17. Hongzhi Feng February 19, 2015 at 3:07 pm #

    In nowadays, there is an increasing number of people use facebook, even if facebook announced they have never own the information of users. And some website get more profits through sell users’ information to others, almost everyone are worry about that because they care about their online privacy. Someone claimed that it may affect internet’s future. A privacy advocate Mark Weinstein pointed out that their website is trustful to protect people’s privacy. What’s more, the site is built on the promise that they does not own, track or share the information users post on its site. Weinstein announced that they are witnessing a full-on privacy revolution, with consumers demanding increasingly more control over the ways companies use their personal information. So it’s important to enhance the ability to protect and assure private use and greater user controls is a selling proposition with new viability. And consumers are search some company can protect their privacy, who can get the trust of consumers, who will get more profits. Even if social and private are not mutually exclusive rights, but people hate companies which use them to gain more profits.

    In my personal opinion, there are so many online crime around our daily life, but in the internet generation, we are rely on use computer. we always communicate with others online, but we need website help us to protect our privacy, if not do so, maybe will cause a internet revolution. So website companies should enhance their supervise function to protect people’s privacy. That’s a good way to get their trust.

  18. Deniz Yalcin February 20, 2015 at 7:57 pm #

    Privacy is extremely important to people. As the technology era continues to grow, more and more citizens of the world are scared that their precious data will be taken from their computers and personal devices. Some companies advocate for their strong privacy policy and others choose to sell your information for revenue.

    First, a company can choose to sell the information you provide, such as the search history and things that you buy. For instance, how do you think Google makes some of their revenue? They read your emails and sell the information that you write and sell to people. Why do you think you see random ads just showing what you talked about a day ago?

    However a company like Apple does not even want to read what you wrote in your iMessage or email. They have a service called apple pay where they take a different transaction number every time you use the phone to pay for something. It is anonymous and no one will ever no what you bought and with what bank card because it is not shared. Also, the finger print sensor on your iPhone, Touch ID will never be stored in the cloud, the finger print is only on the hard drive of the phone.

    Overall, there are companies that do want to invade your privacy and those that don’t. Bottom line it is what the consumer wants to be shared and not.

  19. Rachel Altman April 9, 2015 at 3:14 pm #

    Privacy is something that has been misinterpreted for a very long time. It wasn’t until 1967 that privacy was not even implied by the United States Constitution. Privacy is understood as a right to your body, persons and belongings. The founding fathers didn’t see in their future that the creation of the internet would create such a problem for the right of privacy.
    The article talks about Big Data in a bigger sense. Is the data that websites collect from consumers safe? The answer is, probably not. The reason for this is the average person truly could care less what they are signing up for because the average person hasn’t experienced a personality theft phenomenon that could very likely occur. When the consumer “agrees to the terms and conditions stated above” how many times are they actually agreeing or just clicking a button to get to what their trying to accomplish as soon as possible. More times than not we are agreeing for our private information to be public.
    The 2014 poll that is recorded in this article actually surprised me. 99% of Americans supposedly care about their privacy online. I was surprised because almost anyone I interact with on social media sites will post anything they want, inappropriate material included. Of course, we are taught in school to keep our profiles clean because you never know who is looking, but I can guarantee that not many individuals care to listen to this. People like having the forum of the internet to be someone where they have a voice. It is the ultimate platform for people to say whatever they want and they don’t have to say it out loud in a confrontational setting.
    I do believe that this article is correct in saying that more and more individuals are becoming more aware and conscious of the privacy settings that websites give to their users. The more news attention this privacy issue gets, the more people will care and thats when a revolution will happen. Until then, I won’t expect a great change in websites privacy policies.

  20. Maeve G November 15, 2015 at 1:01 pm #

    Once again, Facebook is being attacked for its narrow business mindset. It seems as though many people are just up in arms about the unethical behavior behind this company. Whether the discussion is about the recent knowledge of Facebook’s view stealing, or the fact that the company also tracks its user’s behavior under a specific microscope with the intentions of selling personal information, it’s as if this business’s main concern is only profit.
    Facebook and other social media sites are being hammered for their usage of user’s personal information. While some of the actions taken by these companies are unethical, does a user really have the right to be so offended by the sharing of his or her information? It should be common knowledge by now that anything posted on the internet, or used/programmed within a technological device is bound to be seen by someone in which it wasn’t intended to be viewed by. Is privacy really just becoming a thing of the past and how might other generations’ opinion of privacy be screwed by the effects of social media?
    While many people may disagree with Facebook’s actions, it would be interesting to see how many of these people still use Facebook every day. Modern society as a whole has fallen victim to social media. Most people check sites, such as Facebook, multiple times throughout the day. I think the larger underlying issue is the fact that as a society, we all suffer from some degree of FOMO (Fear Of Missing Out). People feel it necessary to have numerous social media accounts to stay up to date on the latest happenings in the world. From national issues like France this past week, to personal issues like a friends break up or trip to Europe, people place a significant amount of importance on staying current with the world around them. Because of this, no matter how much people disapprove certain behaviors of social media outlets, I just don’t think people are willing to stop using and surrendering personal information to these sites.

  21. Gabrielle Liguori November 15, 2015 at 1:44 pm #

    In today’s society, just about everyone you know has some sort of social media page where they share pictures of birthday parties, vacations or even what they are having for dinner. It’s not often that you find someone who isn’t sharing every aspect of their lives. However, just because they are sharing what they are doing, it doesn’t mean they want everyone to see it. This is where the privacy section of these social media sites comes in. But now there is the issue that there really is no privacy anymore.

    The new site MeWe that is created totally for privacy conscious people is definitely a great thing. This site will provide total privacy, tell every privacy setting they have and won’t make new changes without informing users completely and allowing them to opt out if they want. I think that this is a great thing because nowadays you don’t know who is looking at your page and “creeping” on you. It’s actually a scary thing because every now and then you will get a friend request from some random person with no mutual friends that lives in a faraway country. You don’t know who those people are, where they came from or how they found you and it’s a pretty unsettling feeling. That’s why we can only hope that the privacy settings that are offered are actually legit and really protecting us.

  22. Amanda Crimarco February 11, 2016 at 10:11 pm #

    Our privacy is so important but seems to be diminishing as technological advancements continue to grow. It is definitely essential for avid users of social media sites and newer forms of technology to stay aware of where their information is going as well as who is using it and for what purpose. This article was very interesting because it was able to address this issue as to whether people are revolting and demanding more privacy due to the increasing lack of it.
    I think people are definitely becoming much more careful when signing up for these sites or using this technology. They are beginning to demand that their information be as safe and secure as they would like. However, the argument can still be made that we as consumers, are willingly putting our email, phone number and other information into the systems knowing what the consequences may be. I still believe though that because consumers are becoming more aware that vendors and others are using their information, they should be demanding that companies or sites ensure that their information be kept and not spread to third parties in order to feel safe.
    It is also very beneficial for companies to build their ideas on the basis of privacy, such as the site MeWe.com, mentioned in the article. By promoting privacy, they will definitely be able to attract more people. People are naturally drawn to companies or places that they feel safe with. I think this is a very smart strategy in order to benefit them. The example of the app, Snapchat, is a great demonstration based on the idea of privacy. It leads people to believe that what they send is not able to go anywhere else and can never be used against them. Whether this is really true is beyond our knowledge but as consumers, we are attracted to it because we feel more secure. The more secure a product is or seems to be, the more it is going to be successful. When dealing with another aspect, our Apple technology, we can refer to the idea that the company gives the option to lock your phone or laptop with a passcode. This is simple yet so important and gives the consumer comfort knowing they have privacy and others will not be able to reach their information.

  23. Ashley F February 12, 2016 at 2:11 am #

    Privacy has become a major topic of interest. With the development of hundreds of social media platforms and websites that require users to set up accounts using personal information, people place a lot of trust in technology. Over the past few years, people have been so consumed with the idea of posting every thing that they are doing for “likes” or “favorites” so that their followers can keep up with what they are doing, that many people forget that sometimes it is okay to keep things private. The article mentions that in a Harrison Interactive poll, “almost every American (99%) cares about their online privacy, with 71% saying they ‘care deeply’.” I would fall under the percentage of people who care deeply about my privacy online. Being a college student, I will be going into the professional world soon and am concerned about what I post and who will be seeing my posts even if what I am posting is not necessarily negative. I always thought the topic of privacy settings on social media accounts was interesting because some people fail to realize that no matter how many settings you change, nothing will ever really be private. However, with the rise of various scandals recently regarding privacy such as the Ashley Madison scandal, people are beginning to question the platforms they are putting their trust in.
    I have never heard of the website MeWe.com before this article but I think that it serves an interesting concept for the people who are concerned about their privacy on the internet. It is important that MeWe does not own, track or share any of the information posted on its site which is the opposite of how Facebook operates. In earlier years, I was never concerned with my privacy on Facebook and I placed a lot of trust in the settings that I was using. However, as I got older I began to notice how the suggested ads that would pop up on my side bar while browsing Facebook would be products or ads for other sites I had just viewed moments before signing on. This is what ultimately started my concern for my privacy because I questioned how Facebook could be so accurate with suggestions for me and so quickly if they were not selling my search information or tracking me on other sites.
    The increasing interest in privacy is important from a marketers standpoint which I can relate to as a marketing major. As mentioned, “the ability to protect and assure private use and greater user controls is a selling proposition with new viability.” Websites and various social media platforms will now need to begin re evaluating their model and making major changes to satisfy the new wants of their consumers. Also, new companies such as MeWe are able to be successful because of this so-called revolution revolving around privacy because they sell the promise of safety in order to gain users.

  24. Gregory Doyle February 12, 2016 at 2:15 pm #

    The National Security Agency, or better known as the NSA, has received an enormous amount of controversy in more recent years. The very thought of citizen’s privacy being invaded makes many people question the direction of America, especially since the country obtains the title “the land of the free”. After all, it would only seem fair that the citizens of the United States, who are entitled to all rights given by the country, feel outraged that one of their rights is being violated. Forbes converses in their article about the controversy regarding the NSA, stating that the NSA will fuel a revolt from the citizens, which will then result in a backlash of anti-government and anarchistic ideologies to poison the citizens into completely not trusting their government. But now that I think about it, why should they?
    It is extremely well known that when a user posts something online, it is likely going to be there forever. Some people are not dumb enough to post controversial or malicious things online due to the reputation, or sometimes legal responsibility, that the post can link to that person. For example, most criminals are not dumb enough to tweet, “Hey, I just shot someone!” While I cannot speak for all criminals of the world, I’m just estimating that most aren’t that dumb. However, most people have now realized that even private messages or pictures are all intercepted and collected by the NSA. Every text message sent, every picture taken, and overall every action completed through technology is permanently stored via the government. So, why is this allowed?
    Quite simply, it should not be allowed. The best way to describe my frustration with the NSA relates the NSA to a police officer, considering they both work ultimately for the government and are funded by the tax payers. This is another aspect of the NSA that people find frustrating: the citizens of America are essentially paying for the government to spy on us. To top that off, we do not even know how well the NSA is funded by the tax payers due to its classified annual budget. According to CNN, speculations indicate numbers ranging from 10-20 billion (http://money.cnn.com/2013/06/07/news/economy/nsa-surveillance-cost/). Relating the NSA to the police, if you are driving and a police officer pulls you over, the car can be subject to a thorough inspection through a probable cause. That means that the police officer needs to have a valid reason for wanting to search your car. Now, why should the NSA be any different? Why is it perfectly fine for the NSA, without any warning, to be able to access my online and technological history, while the police has to at least have suspicion? The only main reason that I can speculate is that a police encounter is face-to-face, which makes the government want to semi-respect your rights in front of you, while the NSA does not need permission since it is gathering information whether you know it or not.
    Yet, I can’t help but feel that the citizens of America essentially did this to ourselves. The massive amounts of shooting and other catastrophic events in 2015 bleed over into thorough investigations by government officials. These investigations ultimately show that there were numerous foreshadows of these events by communications sent via technology by the attackers. I find it appalling that a nation of 325 million people should all be punished for the actions of such a small bunch, but the government must do everything in its power to protect us. I personally don’t feel that includes allowing the NSA to violate our right to privacy in order to stymie future crime, but a warrant or simple suspicion is fully acceptable.

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