3 - On privacy

There is minimal privacy left in today’s world.
Everything tech-y has been designed with more convenience in mind and less privacy.

The internet is connected to every device nowadays; your cars, smartphones, smartwatches, toasters, refrigerators, washing machines, CCTV cameras and a thousand other gadgets. All these devices need information retrieval, storage and logs. The mechanism for these has been largely insecure.

Unless you go dark, and distance yourself from technology, there is little expectation for privacy. Your data is stored on some corporate entity’s servers and they’re actively using it to exploit you and a billion other consumers.

Even without technology, if you were to be found, there’s little you could do to prevent it.
Seen some people being very reluctant to share their personal information online.
They’re doing it wrong.
You can pretty much figure out 75% of the data from the social interactions online.
How’s that possible?
Consider this. If you met someone today in person, the only details you’d get out is what they look like, their names, address, workplace etc.
But is that enough information to know who they really are? In order to get to know somebody, conversation is very important.
The Bible says a fool looks wise until he opens his mouth.
75% of a person’s identity is in their minds. Their words portray what kind of person they are. Your judgement of them will largely depend on this. (Although some people are purely superficial.)
And that’s readily available on everyone’s social media profiles. Scroll down and you can learn all there is about them, even things you wouldn’t know had you physically interacted with them.

In order to implement a privacy policy, you need to know your threat model. Whom do you want to bar from accessing your information?
Mine’s relatively simple. No corporations or government. That’s a lot of data quickly changing a lot of servers and money. I don’t benefit from it. Why should they?

Of course with a little web scraping and tapping, both entities could get my data.
Let them work for it while I think of an alternative.

Decentralization and open source platforms and services is the way to go.
You own your data. And you choose where it is stored and who can view it.
Not some company crooks who want to spy on you and sell your data for a quick buck.
It is a big sacrifice. Very inconvenient and there are a thousand reasons why you could continue using corporate products.
In the end, you decide, what’s more important for you?