БI have nothing to hide. Why should I care about my privacy? Б
This isб why. There are two sets of reasons to care about your privacy even if youБve got nothing to hide: ideological reasons and practical reasons. Your privacy is a right you havenБt always had. Just like the right to interracial marriage, the right to divorce, female labor, the freedom of speech, and so many others, we didnБt always have the right to privacy. In several dictatorships around the world, they still donБt. Generations before ours fought for our right to privacy. Not caring about it shows little knowledge about history and the importance of it. 2. Privacy is a human right. Article 12 of Universal Declaration of Human Rights states: БNo one must be subjected to arbitrary interference with his privacy, family, home or correspondence, nor to attacks upon his honor and reputation. Б ItБs a human right just like the right to equality, to justice, freedom, a nationality, the right to religion, etc. 3. Having nothing to hide is not true nor realistic.
DonБt confuse privacy with secrecy. I know what you do in the bathroom, but you still close the door. ThatБs because you want privacy, not secrecy. You have a passcode or some sort of security in your phone. Same goes for email. Nobody ever handed me their phone to allow me to read their chats or see their pictures. If you didnБt have anything to hide, you wouldnБt care. But you do. Everybody does. Privacy is something that makes you human. Information in the wrong hands becomes dangerous. You might be okay with governments or security agencies or companies having your private information. You might trust Google and Facebook. But what if these get hacked and your information falls in the wrong hands? (See or. ) LetБs say, someone targeting your family, your company, your wife/husband. Would you still be okay with that? Would you be okay knowing that your photos, emails, or chats are in the hands of someone who can blackmail you? 2.
You canБt predict the future. Right now you may not have a lot to risk. But what about 30 or 40 years from now? LetБs say you are running for a political position or administration of a public company. If has told us anything is that your private information has impact in your life. Amy Pascal, co-chairman of the company, lost her job because of it. ItБs not just your job or potential job, itБs also the integrity of your company. Can you imagine what itБs like to have your company torn apart because of a conversation you had 5 or 10 years ago? What would it be like to lose your job because of a conversation you had by phone with your wife? 3. Your private life out of context becomes a weapon. WeБve all joked with things we consider sensitive. But, among friends, itБs something we all do. In fact, our behavior changes depending on the people weБre with. I bet I could find something offensive you said in a group chat that you have with your closest friends. Because theyБre your friends and it was a joke or a sarcastic remark.
But take it out of context and it is not longer a joke. What would happen if this БjokeБ fell in the hands of someone trying to harm you? 4. Your information has value A company like Facebook or Google allows you to upload unlimited data to their servers, for free. WhatБs their business model? How do they make so much money? They sell your info to advertising companies. But they never asked you if you wanted to sell your information. If someone asked you in person 100 questions about your personal life to sell it, would you answer them? Probably not, right? But you let this happen every time you use a service that makes money selling your info. I hope I have at least made you think about your privacy and how much you might be exposing. Are you the kind of person who cares about this? We all enjoy keeping up with friends and family on social media, but we have to be mindful of our privacy and security when we do. Here are some suggestions to help keep your personal information private: 1.
Understand what information the site needs for your account and how they use it in the first place. Never give more information than is necessary to operate an account. Usually this includes: 2. Make sure that your posts are not indexed into search engines. 3. Remember to set all your posts private on Instagram so only friends can see them and, of course, be cautious of what you post on any social media site. 4. Make sure that mobile apps for social media sites are not using personal data or sharing additional private information. 5. Social media are always refining and changing their privacy settings. If you want help editing these settings, use a product like, which provides a privacy scan of social networks like Facebook, Google+, Twitter, and LinkedIn. Using these five tips can help insure your privacy online and make social media a safer place. Watch the video: Please add your thoughts in the comments below or follow me on Twitter:б.