How worried am I about privacy? Depends on how I’m feeling I guess. I go the total roundabout way to being concerned. I know I don’t like people tracking me. I have some add-ons (Collusion) for Chrome that I use to see what’s going on (and block known trackers). Here’s what I saw yesterday when I started this post.
I know when I’m online I’m connected, I know advertisers use this to collect data, I am slightly worried about how else that information gets used, but my biggest concern is data collection for advertising, because regardless of my deliberate actions I am helping someone make money by just looking around online. I am very happy that the internet is relatively accessible and cheap (especially here in Cambodia for me). So if advertising is supplementing that, right on, I just don’t want them to gather data about me, and sell it, especially since I purchase so many things online.
I read this book in January and found it incredibly interesting.
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The whole idea that nothing is private, is astounding (and mostly true). But how much should we care about it. The scariest thing for me in this book was the idea that you could only have one true identity online. Right now I have three different profiles open on my chrome browser, work, personal, professional. So I go to different websites based on who “I” am. That way, I’m using my data the way I want.