A Case to take Privacy Seriously
A while ago, FaceApp was viral. I bet most of us reading this have had their social media feeds flooded with memes and stuff with content created outta FaceApp. It’s real fun to find out how you might age, see your image used to create an image of the opposite gender etc. I admit, I feel very tempted to find out too. So long, I have resisted the temptation to download this app or any other app of this kind.
As the app went viral, its privacy policies came under scanner. The fact that it is owned by a Russian Company does rightly raise alarm since these companies even if they don’t want to, have to have to abide by the rules or orders by their government. China and Russia we know have been notorious to get their citizens to acquiesce. This does not mean to say that your photos are super safe with companies like Facebook and Google. While in these times, its almost impossible to not have an online presence. To what extent, how deep-in you want to go is your choice though. It helps to be informed to aptly place yourself in this digital world. There are instances where educated people have argued with me saying “My data is already out there, so what’s the point in withholding any thing anyway” seriously?!. This is a totally slack approach, more stemming from ignorance rather than a thought out choice. So what should you consider, how do you arrive at a decision on what suites you, or what is the risk that you are willing to take? and why should you care?
So, why should you care? What could anybody do with your data anyway?
Your data is an extension of your identity. So your picture that you put out could be used to impersonate you, to set up online accounts that can be used to catfish, to superimpose on stuff that you would not be pleased with. Bio-metric data collected casually is the worst that you could imagine. Once compromised, it can be used for impersonation, or any other sinister purposes, you might never even find out, even if you find out, you can’t do anything about it since you can’t reset your bio-metric credentials can you?! Change your fingerprint or Iris, anybody?!
Smart phones are more of a necessity now, we all need our smart phones. What comes with it should be understood too. A smart phone is very different to how you would use a computer. They continuously collect data on your behavior, as to who you have in your phone-book, whom you message, what you google, what places you visit etc. This is eventually used for target marketing. (Yes, when you see a dress that you admired for a while on a shopping website popup in an advert elsewhere, No! Jesus Christ isn't telling you to buy the dress! LOL). Social media apps are feeding heavily on this data and trolling you too.
What is the extent of risk you can possibly take?
With government regulations still behind catching up with possibilities of data being misused, it becomes very vital that people are aware of the consequences of sharing their private information. In these times, we live in the Matrix, you can’t really GET OUT (no red pill — blue pill offer!). But you can always decide on what you are willing to trade off.
What can you do?
Please think before posting personal info on Public platforms.
I see regular people sharing their Phone numbers in comment sections of Facebook OMG! BIG No, No!
Stop giving out Live information on where you are on these apps — That’s an informal invitation to stalkers or even robbers to raid your home!
As much as possible, keep your Geo Location on smartphone Off.
Any app you install on your phone, check its default settings and change them where needed. Some apps are naughty and won’t have an option to un-select/ preset options or it might make it difficult for you to get to these options. Then think about it, you might be well off without this dodgy app.
Finally, use your instinct.