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Privacy is No Longer the Social Norm

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by , 07-27-2019 at 01:19 PM (114 Views)
Modern world is no longer a place where just a few creative people with unique and extraordinary ideas may exist. Nowadays, the amount of information that surrounds us is so huge that sometimes there is even no need to talk about privacy in any form. The same attitude is towards the privacy on social technology. The famous Facebook founder, Mark Zuckerberg, also once said that privacy was no longer the social norm. In the following essay, I would like to discuss some aspects of this very important issue.

With time, ‘privacy’ has lost its reputation and even got a bad name by drawing action scenes. It all can be explained with the fact that privacy and its outdated values is always taken on a second place because of the cutting-edge innovations of the efficiency, national security and business management.

It is obvious that new technologies have a prerogative over privacy. At the beginning of the 20th century, when such things as telephone, fax and others were only starting to develop, privacy was an area of a social intertest. However, with more progress that resulted in DNA testing, face scanning and voice recognition systems, it became obvious that privacy can be skipped somehow, as it is important to manage other things. More and more people, who live on this planet, tend to think that privacy is going to be fully violated in the future.

The proper relationship, which must defy privacy while it is just right next to technological development, does not exist. It is all because that databases state that modern technologies have a great impact on social changes. Neither the law literature nor the physiological sources have a proper description what should be the proper ‘relationships’ between technology and privacy.

Sometimes there are reasons why privacy is violated or even gets lost in terms of social technology. A good example of that may be the terrorist attacks of September 2001, after which the Bush administration tried to control everyone in order to prevent something similar to happen. Everyone was not only under CCTV 24/7, but also social networks and other information flows that went through Internet were reviewed and highly controlled.

How can anyone speak about privacy on social technologies after that? Still, this had a reason to do so, but nowadays no reason is needed anymore. People lose privacy every time they log onto Facebook and other social networks. Moreover, social technologies may sometimes use stricter requirements and may ask to give private ID information or even passport’s data (in some countries). In 2012 there was a cases filed against Facebook Inc. that was related to the manner it used email addresses of the members to solicit new users. A German court mentioned that some terms of service of this social network are invalid. Facebook Inc. made a commitment to follow the rules of data protection principles of Europe.

To conclude, I would like to say that I fully agree with what Mark Zukerberg has mentioned. It is good that such company as Facebook really tries to improve and wants to do the best to stick to the privacy principles, as it is still possible. There are numerous companies, which do not follow any of the rules and violate people’s privacy with the help of social technologies. To my mind, this may have a negative impact on the society in the future because it may cause some fights with the loved ones (as someone might find sensitive information that was supposed to be hidden), fraud and other type of negative outcome (this may happen if a villain finds out your personal data, which becomes more and more accessible with advanced development of high-tech technologies), and others.

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