Why Care About Internet Privacy?

I heard a saying that, “If you’re not paying
for the product, then you ARE the product.” Absolutely, it’s absolutely true. That’s Alan Henry from LifeHacker.com. So,
first off, Alan, why should we care about internet privacy? Every time you click from one website to another,
you click on a link to go to the next page — that’s information that people are collecting
about you. That kind of information that you may think is meaningless is the steam that
powers a lot of companies. Oh! So, if I don’t want my personal info to
be used by other people to make tons of money, what can I do? The first step is really for people to understand
the transaction that they make when they get something shiny and new that’s free. So when
you sign up for a new account at whatever service, read the terms of service at least
as much as you can. What is it that you’re giving up? Could you give me an example, like what if
I sign up for a photo-sharing site? Well, congratulations, those photos are now
owned by that company and they can be used in advertising efforts, even if those are
photos of you and your family. Oh, ouch! Ok, so what can I do about this? If you’re okay with Facebook and Twitter and
Google and these other companies knowing these things about you, then that’s fine. If you’re
not okay or if you want to control when they get information and when they don’t, there
are a number of browser extensions like Disconnect and Ghostery. All these browser extensions
give you control over whether or not the sites that you visit collect information about you
and send them to other related companies. OK then! My information is important and I’m
going to protect it as best I can.

, , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , ,

Post navigation

66 thoughts on “Why Care About Internet Privacy?

  1. I'm going to play devil's advocate. I WANT companies to know what I'm watching, hopefully leading them to an up and coming artist, or showing trends in games I like, or react to instant criticizism consumers have to their products.

    What I DON'T like is when these companies then turn around and freely hand over this information to the Government, where they can incriminate people for doing things in a harmless online space.

  2. Indeed. As long as the internet stays online and the back alley practices out of my sight, I have nothing to worry about. I'm sure companies aren't very eager to know everything about a 16 year old teenager's Youtube viewing habits and the series he watches on Netflix.. That's relevant to ads, but hardly for anything else

  3. I use FireFox, and I personally recommend Ghostery. It works. If any of you think your information ISN'T being handed straight to the government, get Collusion. It's pretty eye-opening. It's an addon (that only works in certain versions of FireFox… I think just the newer ones) which allows you to visualize your cookies and how they collaborate among each other. Cheers!

  4. Websites are collecting information about you and using it to fuel their businesses. Should you care about your Internet privacy?
    #internetprivacy   #privacy   #internetmarketing   #lifehacker  

  5. Honestly you didn't answer the question well. If someone gets rich because he knows what underwear I wear, I am not jealous enough to say, "oh you will use that info and get rich" and then not give that info. I don't like the idea that i be punished for my past mistakes that were not mistakes then. That's why I care about privacy.

  6. like i care if my internet information goes to the government,
    i only contact al qaeda via mobile phone

  7. I was hoping for a deeper explanation into why internet privacy matters aside from the fact some people are more shy than others. Are there current dangers to the individual or society?, future dangers? I apologize for the tired old question, but to play the devil's advocate here, "if you have nothing to hide then what do have you to fear"?

  8. @DOMIPS well I don't either, but if the us passes a law that infringes on their privacy, then pretty much every other country allied with the us (most countries) will want to do the same. Also, he us has a tendency to spy on other countries and their citizens, but I guarantee your own government won't protect you against it because the us is "to powerful". Also, most online companies you probably use, google, Facebook, YouTube are us companies, they follow the laws in the us.

  9. Exactly…why should I be so worried that some ad company will know what I like and show me advertisement that could potentially interest me?? What's so wrong about that? Yes, Facebook can use my drunk photo I posted there for commercial uses, BUT the moment they would start doing that nobody would use them anymore…AND if I would be worried it could happen I would just stop posting my drunk photos there…

  10. This video hardly touches on the issue. It has hardly anything to do with advertising companies taking information, and everything about tyrannical rulership.

    Read this comment written by a man from an Arab Spring country.

  11. mobile phone data is still picked up and stored by PRISM, as are land line calls, credit card and bank transactions, email, and everything else.

    And to all of the people talking about using browser plug-in security, Snowdon has said that none of that will help. They are able to plant a bug in your devices that will identify your internet connection.

  12. Most people may say that they are fine with this. I can't be ok with it because I'm a photographer at work and home. If I use a site to hold personal photos or client ones that " information" could be taken by that company and used for advertisements without my consent. One day I could wake up and find my work being used to make thousands of dollars or promote some thing I hate. Images aside did you know your personal stories could be used in the same way?

  13. If you really want to know, you could start by reading this comment on reddit. It's written by a guy who lived in an Arab Spring country.


  14. i dont feel like any of those problems would ever effect me or any other law obeying citizens in my or any other 1st world country

  15. What I don't understand is why collecting information is so bad in the first place. Other than for owning rights to your pictures, the fact that websites know things about me doesn't worry me at all. Can someone please explain what potential extreme hazard this could bring?

  16. what a BS… some things are really FREE because of ads. and that kind of information like you told us about tells those guys just "where I got there from" or so. btw why so paranoid? 😉

  17. that is actually right. unless you are someone really important recognized by thousands of people you are just a number in statistics. I really enjoy getting free stuff just by "filling up a questionnaires about me"… didn't ever some boy/girl stopped you on the street because they were doing a survey of some kind? they do it just so they can buy a beer, they literally don't care about you, just fill the form. but there always will be that guy that go full rage on them "protecting" his privacy.

  18. This is the ultimate in lack of privacy–a brave young whistle blower interviewed in Hong Kong who left the NSA and had to leave the US for his safety.

    Use Google to get more info. on him, please.

    The Guardian: NSA Collecting Phone Records of Millions
    The Guardian: NSA Prism Program Taps in to User Data
    The Guardian: Edward Snowden: the Whistleblower

  19. Privacy is a joke. A anytime all your info can be taken by the police. I say live and enjoy your life and don't stress about privacy. Quit your job, work from home. Travel

  20. Can you do a video on Social Security I know as much as the average american, meaning…not much and I'm in need of an epiphany on the matter 😉

  21. Nice vid, though its way too short to cover this complex topic the way it should be. Anyway – good work, guys. (Hello NSA)

  22. you had me until "harmless online space" people need to realize that things we do on the internet have serious consequences.

  23. nice video! hopefully there is tools to help us keep online privacy such as non-tracking search engines (like stopstalking.me and others..) but don't forget that the biggest threat to your online privacy is YOU..

  24. Just download files from piratebay or 4shared or zippy. They don't require any kind of sign up to use. Also I've never uploaded a single photo of myself, but my stupidass dad uploaded all the photos he had ever taken and shared with "relatives"(bullshit! How doesn't that bastard see that the internet can see all!)

  25. So what? I don't care. What's the point of collecting information about a random teenager whining on facebook. I know that they may use it for 'teenage behavior knowledge' or something, but I don't think it's a bad thing… or even that's a good thing if you can participate to make a new knowledge for better world. It doesn't hurt anybody, it's not really that privacy and I think most people with common sense has already know which stuff they can share and where to share it on the internet.

  26. Capitalizing on everything possible is what makes our economic world go around… If someone can make a profit by selling your electronic footprints, they will. It's not about fairness… Fairness was never relevant, but the illusion of conscience is also profitable. You can sign petitions, push for more laws, follow a leader humming a pleasant tune or spend your life banging your head against human nature– nothing will truly change. (Has anything really changed since Aristophanes wrote his first satire? Did nuking 2 Japanese cities alter our desire to kill one another?) Yes, I ramble and make no apologies for it… After all, who cares?

  27. Some great information in this video!

    Facebook TMI (https://www.facebook.com/pages/FB-TMI/621290177992712, https://twitter.com/Facebook_TMI)

  28. Erratum: Alan was wrong about Ghostery. It was revealed that Ghostery actively tracks their users web activity and sells this data to third party ad agencies. So I wouldn't recommend using it. Ublok origin is way better and doesn't spy on you.

  29. I've been following BitClave project https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=coOgmyEDsgw They promise to set us free! They are developing a decentralized monetized search engine on a blockchain. The idea of the project is that customers control their identity, decide who has access to their data, and are “paid” in CAT tokens each time businesses “use” their data to make them offers.

  30. Ughh of course they know everything about me. I am kinda scared just thinking about it. I've found something that seemed interesting and like potential game-changer: suntoken.io

  31. Exclusively for the new year, Ivacy VPN is offering a massive 90% discount. You can
    get their 5-year plan for an ultra-low price of $1/month.


    For a powerful VPN like Ivacy, the price of $1/month is the ultimate bargain

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *