taken-by-hype-but-our-instincts-won-out

It’s always a good thing to see people making the case for privacy on the WWW. Some people need to be *convinced* to have respect for THEIR OWN personal privacy on the Internet. A lot of people (still) don’t see an issue with handing over all (or, a LOT) of their info, data, and life details to a handful of *very* big, and *very* dubious tech giants. So, I suppose I could go on a rant about how YOU, the reader, should take your privacy (online, and offline for that matter) more seriously – but I will not go on such a rant because many other people are making the case much better than I could, and also because I feel I have gone on such a rant before.nnBut that isn’t the point of this blog post, the point is, I feel that **I**, too, was taken by the hype of what Google, Apple, Amazon (and others) had to offer in terms of “of *course* they can read my e-mails! Have you seen how secure their data centers are?” and “if I need something and my hands are busy, isn’t a *good* thing to be able to use Siri in a pinch?”, etc. **I**, too, thought it was a good idea to build the knowledge base of the biggest tech co’s out there, to “better improve search” or “make an operating system more intuitive”, etc. And **I**, too, thought nothing would come of it – no selling of my data to marketers (lie), no using that data to profile me (lie), no algorithms to alter the egalitarian nature of the WWW (what YOU see, EVERYONE sees) (and again, lie).nnBut then I put some common sense thought to it – and it turns out, the exact same instincts I had *before* being “taken by hype”, that of I, we, everyone, could have our cake and eat it, too, are the exact same instincts that I have when it comes to why I *shouldn’t* use these companies/services. The same apprehensive (and instinctual) approach to basic privacy (online or ANYWHERE) kicks (back) in, and I want to genuinely have nothing to do with the metadata machine.nnSo, that’s what I’ll say for the night. I know most of the co’s I am referring to are “too big to fail”, but I feel that notion is inherently false and will be proven so with what is happening with federal court cases against “Big Tech” right now.nnBack later

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