This article describes how U.S citizens actually have fewer laws protecting their privacy than in other countries, and even gives away some tips on how to preserve said privacy in this day and age (although the mode’s of truly being invisible online are limited, controversial, and extremely difficult). Snowden and the events surrounding him were described, and the troubling statement written that even though he made the public aware of what was happening regarding their privacy, not many laws have actually changed to better protect the general public’s confidentiality. Considering the average person’s dependency on technology and the internet, it is no surprise that people have “grudgingly” let their privacy be encroached on by jaded terms of service and manipulative companies. Even though not everybody is aware of how much privacy they are giving up when they hand their lives over to technology, the companies heading this movement have done little to nothing to aid the transparency of their sanctions. This article was written in an interview format and is definitely worth the read.
This article describes fear and outrage over Trump’s recent signing of the papers that annuled President Obama’s privacy policies. This fear has now been converted into trying to keep Net Neutrality afloat, however slim the chance of that happening may be. This article also detailed how it is common knowledge that certain companies such as Google and Facebook use their user’s personal data to sell adds, oftentimes making this process unclear to the actual user. As I was reading the article, I couldn’t help but notice the obviously targeted ad on the webpage… They were trying to shamelessly re-sell me something that I had recently purchased online! Certain companies, such as Comcast, have reiterated that their users have the option to opt out of personalized ads, But a first-hand account stated that the process was murky, and they weren’t able to do so because of the lack of transparency regarding the operation as a whole.