Is Technology Worth the Loss of Privacy?
In a world of advanced technology with cell phones, the internet, credit cards and iTunes our lives, according to Patrick Oppmann of CNN, are being constantly tracked. I've heard a lot of jokes about how Google is taking over the world, but in reality it is pretty scary just how much information they have on everyone. Every click of the mouse is tracked and recorded, companies know exactly what you buy and when you bought it and cell phones now come with chips that track your location. Not to sound paranoid, but does the advancement of technology really mean the loss of our privacy?
According to this article I found on CNN.com it could mean exactly that.
Just moving around is tracked. If it's on a bus, and you are paying with bus cards, that can be tracked. If you are driving your car, there are increasingly video cameras that recognize license plates. Anytime you have a cell phone on, it's talking with cell towers and creating a record of where you are down to 100 feet. Link.
This is actually kind of scary. However, the companies trying to make a profit aren't the only ones abusing the privacy loss of our technological world. Last year, more than 11 million U.S. consumers were victims of identity theft, according to an annual survey released last month. Everyone has so much information about them on the web which is easily accessible to pretty much anyone with a computer and the knowledge of how to use it.
I guess privacy is just a sacrifice we are going to have to make. The only thing I can think of is to be aware that there are people that will abuse this and to just be smart about what you put online.