Hacking Rhetoric

Blue Team- devrubbo post 1

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I was reading some of the other blog posts on the page and it really stood out to me how extremely nervous and defensive people get when it comes to their personal privacy.  By all means, I too believe that there are certain things that everyone wants to keep private, but when it comes to internet privacy my question is, “who cares?”  Quite honestly if the NSA wants to go through my internet history all they are going to find are a bunch of posts on Pinterest and the occasional facebook stalk of a random person’s profile.  If one has nothing to hide then why is internet privacy such a big deal?  Not to be naive, I know that a lot of people have their banking information and other sensative material saved on their computers but with this exception (and only in regards to internet history, etc) can someone tell me why everyone is getting so worked up?

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5 thoughts on “Blue Team- devrubbo post 1

  1. While I’m in the same boat of not caring, which is why I personally don’t care about the NSA or anything, I can see where people are coming from. People have many private things they don’t want to be shared, because I think people are inherently… evil? I don’t know if that’s the right word, but the majority of people have things they want to hide.
    It makes sense if you are a vulnerable person, but I see so many people complain about privacy who don’t really need it. People tell me to set all my stuff on facebook to private or people will find out where I live, my hobbies, and other things! Oh no! What ever will they do? Become friends with me? I’m not someone who’s going to get stalked. I think privacy is something that is a concern of children and celebrities.

  2. To the best of my knowledge, having access to someone’s personal info, even innocuous little details, may not be a rational fear for the general public to have but it definitely represents a nasty trend in personal privacy. You don’t care whether or not your internet privacy is breached, but if no one objects to these assaults it makes the next fight, over an issue of privacy you do care about, that much harder to fight. And when your information is taken for malicious purposes sometimes it is sold to advertisers who then start sending annoying targeted ads to you. The bottom line is that a loss of internet privacy is definitely annoying and while it might not be harmful to all of us, we should show empathy towards the people being persecuted by the government or other suspect corporations.

    • There’s a poem by German pastor Martin Niemoller that seems relevant to James’ comment here (this is the version on Wikipedia, but there are several):

      “First they came for the communists,
      “and I said nothing because I wasn’t a communist.
      “Then they came for the socialists,
      “and I said nothing because I wasn’t a socialist.
      “Then they came for the trade unionists,
      “and I said nothing because I wasn’t a trade unionist.
      “Then they came for me,
      “and there was no-one left to speak out for me.”

      “Slippery slope” arguments are a tough thing to evaluate because you have to ask whether the future consequences being put forward really are inevitable or whether someone is just fearmongering. But it is often true that when the first thing is accepted, later ones are harder to object to.

  3. I agree, my internet history is also filled with Pinterest and online window shopping. From some of the arguments I’ve read, it seems that people are worried that it gives unnecessary power to the government. It’s an invasion of privacy and the government shouldn’t have a right to know the details of people’s lives, no matter how minute. But it’s also said that they aren’t really doing anything with the information, unless you are suspected of something.

  4. I agree with Pinkerton, you may not be concerned about this specific instance of breach in privacy, but if no one is there to put that breach in check, then when you do have an issue with a breach in privacy, it will be that much harder to to prevent that breach from occurring. But I also think there’s more to it than that. I think many people living in progressive countries have a certain framework of what society is able to know, and not know about your personal life. As social media such as Facebook continues to grow, and more and more information about your life is available to the world, I think people have become more numb to the fact that people have access to their private information. But hypothetically, if someone were to gain access to that very same information that is stored on Facebook (pictures, general info) forcibly through other means without your permission, a line is crossed. In other words, people don’t necessarily care that people have access to their private information, rather they care that someone went through the effort to forcibly steal that information from them.

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