Hello, welcome to my first tech-esque blogpost of the year.
So today we shall discuss an afterthought that I had from the 402 paper.
Is online privacy a generational issue?
Gut feeling: unless it’s Malware or Spyware, Gen Y isn’t gonna give a shit about the Internet having access to their data. Take for example the recent uproar about Instant Personalization by Facebook. (Not available to Asia yet) Advocates of Internet privacy argued that Facebook had overstepped its boundaries by sharing user data with other websites without the permission of users. (It’s an opt-in thing.) Facebook’s stand: they’re using information that’s already been made public.
A quick rundown of what “public information”:
- Profile pic
- Friends list
- Likes and interests
- Fan pages
Most people that I’ve talked to don’t really care that such information is being shared. IMO if there’s nothing you have to hide there’s no harm sharing such info. I really wouldn’t mind if Pandora suggests a bunch of artistes that I might be interested in based on my tastes in music as indicated by my likes and interests / fan pages. I would also be interested to see places that friends have been tom and their reviews (if any) on TripAdvisor. I guess it would only be detrimental if I were some secret perv checking out the dark dingy alleys and idk, red light districts of certain dingy places, or I was a die hard fan of Miley and Bieber… but I guess this info would have to be out on Facebook anyway, for them to use it in the first place.
What’s the big deal?
With 600 million users on board I’m guessing a majority don’t bother tweaking privacy settings. In fact I only know a certain few who bother:
- People like my good friend DickSwagger who, I guess, is trying to evade prior judgment by snoopers, by making his Facebook profile unsearchable for. You can get some inkling why he would want to do so by checking out his Twitter profile. I allow you to judge.
- Influentials who would rather not have the general public viewing photos of themselves on vacation / in certain situations ie drunk at parties.
- People like my parents who are skeptical about everything on the WWW.
So I doubt that many people would care about sharing information that just skims the surface of who they are. IMO As long as nothing is used to harm me and I have nothing to hide I’m totally willing to share such info. Especially if it helps companies better their offerings. I guess Facebook just has to ensure that third parties are contractually bound to make sure loopholes in codes don’t exist, so that no potential harm is exposed to users.
And life would just be fine and dandy. Yay.