Big Data: Good or Bad
Do you care about your privacy? Do you care if your information was stolen and sold without your permission? If you don’t, you should. In this day and age, data is power and knowledge. Our data could be hacked, stolen with legal searches, and it might take away employment.
One reason why our data should be kept safe is that it could be taken from us with legal searches. In “The Power of Privacy” by the Guardian, they explain that if someone wants to gain data about you he or she will use anything at his or her disposal to create some sort of “psychologic leverage” so you add more data about yourself (2016). This means that they will literally make you fall into a trap carefully laid so that they gain knowledge while you think that it is safe. Another reason why you should keep your data for yourself is that according to “Big Data” from Privacy International “Knowledge is power. (2015)” Therefore as people gain knowledge on others they are slowly gaining power over those people knowing their personal habits, their way of life and weaknesses.
Another reason why our data should be kept is that hacking could lead to complete control of your computer, therefore, being able to steal information that wasn’t intended to be stolen. The first reason that hacking could be harmful is that according to “The Power of Privacy” from The Guardian if the hackers manage to hack your phone or any device that tracks where you go, the hackers could find locations such as your house or friends house (2016). Using this, they could possibly kidnap loved ones, rob your house or take important information such as mail that is supposed to stay private. For example, hackers could gain credit card numbers, social security numbers or passport numbers. Additionally, according to “The Power of Privacy” from The Guardian they say that private information may be stolen and made public if hacked(2016). This could be tremendously annoying or could help find criminals.
Finally, the last reason we should keep our information private is that this could be used to take employment away and replace them or change them completely. According to Kenneth Cukier, jobs might completely change(2014). This could make the economy take a big hit, accordingly losing money. This would have no positive influence on that country’s economy. Also, according to Kenneth Cukier “, this tool will burn us (2014)”. This means that Big Data could destroy us while becoming stronger.
Even though people may think hey who cares about privacy I mean we get custom made products for free. People may think that but it does come with a price. Companies are selling your information without your authorization and then using it to make money. For example, according to The Verge’s “ ISPs Can Now Sell Your Data Without Permission” they explain that ISPs such as Verizon can sell your information(2017). I think that this is not acceptable because they can track almost everything you do so they make a lot of money when selling your data. Also, according to The Verge’s “ ISPs Can Now Sell Your Data Without Permission” they explain that you are paying ISPs to give you internet while they take your information while giving nothing to you. This is basically saying here you pay and we take most of your information while we give you nothing back. Additionally, ISPs are allowing you to pay $25 more a month to get out of ad tracking.
In conclusion, our data should be kept private because you could get hacked, stole legal searches, or it could steal employments. Ways to keep data private is to always check your privacy settings on social media or when posting things only have people that you know look at the things you post. You could do this by turning your account private and on Instagram only accept followers that you know. You could also always check URLs because hackers could find you using a pirated version of a website and gain complete control of your devices and therefore download private information. For example, during the video “The Power of Privacy” by the Guardian they explain to check if the site name is spelt correctly and to check whether the site is secure. Do you want privacy? You decide.