TRACY HO 

Do you really know that much about companies that collect your data? Do you really want no privacy in your life? These days, technology is starting to cover up and control our lives. They know your plans each day, and from your data, they are aware of your daily patterns. They can take away your thinking, they replace it and do it for you, and they can even plan for the next step of your life. Is this really what you want? Throughout the years, you will just be living like a baby, technology will just do everything for you, you don’t need your brain to think because technology thinks for you, you don’t need your legs because technology knows where you’re going and carries you , you don’t need your arms because they know what you want and will also pick it up for you. And all of that is from collecting your data. Big data is everywhere. However big data can also be the sign that leads us closer to the future.   

 

One reason that we should give our data is because it will make our lives much easier than before. This data can help us in many different ways in our lives, for example, according to the article ‘This Is How Facebook Uses Your Data For Ad Targeting’, Kurt Wagner says that Facebook recommends different apps that it thinks you might like or need by using your data. He notes “No, Facebook doesn’t sell your data. But it does sell access to you, or more specifically, access to your News Feed, and uses that data to show you specific ads it thinks you’re likely to enjoy or click on.”  Sometimes you might need an App for a school project, work, etc, but you may not know the name of it. From your data, apps can recommend you some apps, maybe the one you need or maybe one that’s better. According to ‘Episode 804: Your Cell Phone’s A Snitch’ By Alisha Chang, she notes that your cell phone takes notes of where you are, where you go and where you went, where you go often like home, and even when you decide not to stay at home. Your cell phone keeps track of your whereabouts. Where ever you go they will find you. In this article, there is also an example. Alisha Chang shares, “In the winter of 2010, there was a robbery in Detroit. Two men rush into a Radio Shack on Jefferson Avenue carrying a handgun, and demand smartphones, enough smartphones to fill laundry bags. Then they flee. A few days later, they do it again at a T-Mobile store. And a few months after that, another robbery. They are criminals that need to be stopped.”  

 

On the other hand, giving away our data might not be safe too. For example, from ‘High-tech hall monitoring in schools makes some uneasy’ By Stateline.org,  he notes many schools around the world have ID cards for each of the students. The ID cards include some of their personal information such as their name, birth date, etc. The job of the parents will be just to charge money into this card. Parents put in money so that students can buy lunch and snacks in the cafeteria. But he also argues that many parents in the schools are worried about this new technology, they are afraid that the information of their child will be leaked, or maybe be given away to bad guys who could do multiple things to their child. Although leaked information is a possibility, it still makes our life in school much easier for students, teachers and the staff.  

 

Furthermore, giving your data away will make you safer because when needed the police officers can find you much easier and faster. This saves time, money and people. According to Alisha Chang in her article ‘Episode 804: Your Cell Phone’s A Snitch’, police officers have been able to find the bad guys with guns just in seconds, and all of that has to do with their phones. As she noted earlier, the phone can track all your data, where you went, when you went there, when you went back home, when you didn’t, etc. All of this is from your phone, so because of this information the police have found them in just a few minutes, but should the police get this information so easy?  

 

Then again, giving away your data can more likely make you in a  dangerous situation because the bad guys who might want to hurt you for their goods will know all the places you often go to, and where you don’t, so it helps them lock your location much more easier and faster.  By: Alisha Chang, in ‘…’she/he notes… Also giving your data away to other unknown people means that you trust them, but what you might not know is that it can really case more serious problems, to yourself. Sharing your data also means to let them lock your location in a bad way they are people you don’t know, but in a positive way if they are people helping and justice which helps the world in a good way they can be very helpful. For example, if your lost , people like police officer will be able to lock your location quickly and find you. Another example, if you‘ve been innocent involvement in a robbery or kidnapping case, people can find and help you much more faster, as soon as can they find, lock your location. 

 

As the world improve dramatically, us as human improves, so that means our technology fly high too. But if we don’t accept the future technology coming, the technology now improve, then how are we supposed to be ever going towards the future? If we don’t try how are we going to be better self? How are we going to be on the highest top of the mountain? Are we really still afraid of being better? How long will the not ready YET continue? Then when the “The time” for us to step the next step in our abilities? Giving away our data doesn’t mean that we don’t have any more privacy, it doesn’t mean that we lose our mind or something, it helps the world to be a better place. It helps by reducing more dangers from coming to us, you. It makes you safe, makes us safe. For you, for me and for us.