What's Happened to Privacy?

what has happened to privacy

Privacy and Data Protection


In this age of mass surveillance it is becoming increasingly difficult to protect you and your family’s privacy online and offline. In most countries data collected related to children have different kinds of laws associated with them. Data protection laws relating to children tend to be stricter and more comprehensive in what is allowed to be collected and stored. Regarding the UK’s laws on this you can download their booklet here. Although there are laws in place, this doesn’t necessary mean all companies or government agencies abide and enforce these laws. You can do a quick google search to find child protection laws relating to your country quite easily.


You're Being Watched, Tracked and Analysed 24/7


What many countries governments do have in common, is that often they are infringing on their people’s privacy all too frequently. Of course, the excuse is that it makes us all ‘safer’, such as being able to catch criminals etc.  The more information we provide to these entities the greater their power becomes. With great power comes great responsibility, but do these entities have our interests truly at heart? The answer is becoming ever more apparent in this Orwellian world of ours. 


Big companies in the west like YouTube and YouKu in the east aren't the most privacy conscientious when it comes to collecting information on you and your family either. Researching 'privacy infringement' in google, brings up a plethora of big brand names with dirt on their faces (including google itself). One article here, brings the attention to an investigation into YouTube due to 'YouTube was collecting the personal information of children under 13 without obtaining parental consent.'. I'm sure you'll find many more. It all leads to one thing - Big Data.


5G = A Dream for Data Harvesting


With the ‘deployment’ (a military term by the way) of 5G now in our communities, mass collection of data has never been easier and more efficient. It’s happening on a grand scale, unprecedented in human history. The super fast internet speed you’ve been allowed to access isn’t so you can download a video in a couple seconds! Remember, big data is king. The more they know/have about you, the more they can use it against you when/if the time comes. Not to mention the billions of dollars it generates for companies as well. Money is the root of all evil, right?


A term to watch out for is ‘smart______’. Anything with the term ‘smart something’ is unlikely to be working for your best interests. In fact, the ‘smart city’  concept is something I advice you and your family to escape from! The negative health impacts of being around such places/devices (radiation) combined with the lack of privacy and data harvesting makes them an all round unpleasant place to be. The increased power consumption and all those billions of dollars in your tax money may not be money well spent after all then...?


What You and Your Family Can Do


Fortunately, there are steps that you and your family can take to better protect your privacy and indeed your health in some cases. 


When online:


1. Use parental controls

2. Use strong passwords on everything that you can

3. Use a Virtual Private Network (VPN) to encrypt your data

4. Use a secure browser, and use it in private/incognito mode only

5. Use a trusted search engine and set the preferences accordingly 

6. Avoid social media if possible, if you can’t, then be diligent in what you post/upload

7. Turn off location services and/or GPS if you’re on a mobile device

8. Know who owns the software/APP/website that you use

9. Use a wired connection rather than using wireless (it’s more secure from hacking and also more healthy as you are reducing radiation exposure).

10. Visit only websites that are https rather than http ( s = secure)


When offline:


1. Avoid systems that use facial recognition based technology (CCTV, payment devices etc)

2. Avoid places that use biometric data for entry/exit or for collection purposes

3. Only provide personal information to others when absolutely necessary 

4. Be wary of what information you divulge to others in conversation 

5. Refrain from writing your children's name on anything visible to strangers

6. Be alert to impersonators 

7. Store confidential information under lock and key

8. Dispose of electronic devices properly when you want them discarded (i.e. wipe the hard drives clean and physically destroy them)

9. Use cash payments when possible, as to avoid tracking and big data collection (unless it's crypto currency of course)

10. Consider moving away from the big cities


So there you have it, 5G concludes our existence in George Orwell's 1984.

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