So many questions. So little time. Look, I’m the Mac360 privacy hound. I hound everyone– including Apple– about the need for more privacy. Yet, here’s a story about someone who thinks “you’re an idiot to want privacy.”
Apple has begun to move away from other so-called high tech big data companies by positioning itself as a champion of customer privacy, while the likes of Google, Facebook, Amazon, and others only provide lip service to privacy concerns.
People say they care about certain things. Too often, though, their reactions don’t quite confirm their claims… One area in which claim and reality aren’t in perfect harmony is privacy. Everyone claims to want it. Few do anything to achieve it.
Simply put, everyone wants more privacy while few will do anything to get it.
How so? Apple takes in a few billion dollars a year in pure profit revenue from Google to keep the search engine giant as the default on Safari for Mac, iPhone, and iPad.
Since Google is one of the worst privacy offenders online, does being in bed with Apple make the Cupertino company an offender, too?
Matyszczyk’s friend, George, who gave away a detailed imaging of his face to Google for $5.
It’s not that I don’t care about privacy, I just think that it’s an illusion that our ego holds on to in order to not feel vulnerable
Privacy is an illusion?
There isn’t any way to tell but that seems to be a conclusion that many in the high tech world has reached.
Oh, but isn’t the whole world an illusion? Even Elon Musk thinks we might be living in a simulation.
If it’s all an illusion then does any of it really matter?
Are you paranoid about privacy? Few are. Personally, Apple’s monetary deal with Google notwithstanding, I prefer privacy to lack of privacy. After all, if everyone is out to get you, a little paranoia is the right attitude to have.
Matyszczyk’s friend, George:
A private investigator will tell you that they can basically get any piece of information about anyone if they try hard enough, as long as the person hasn’t actively spent significant resources — labor or money — to remove their digital signatures and lock down their personal documents. It’s simply too much effort for a person who isn’t super paranoid.
Yet, do we leave our keys in our cars when they’re parked on the street or in the garage? Do we leave our houses unlocked? No. We lock them both even though we know that a determined thief can hack into the car and drive it away, and a determined burglar can break into the house with no noise and take away whatever they want.
Clearly, privacy matters, but it’s to what degree that also matters.
As too many online have discovered, you reveal yourself at your peril, more than ever these days.
We may be living in some kind of computer simulation where nothing matters, but if I’m a citizen of such a simulation then I have a choice about privacy concerns and to me, in my part of the simulation, it matters. It matters as much as security and keys and locked doors.
Some may think that privacy is only for idiots but the reality is this: those who say that don’t leave the keys in the car or their doors unlocked, so how much of a simulation are we really living?