Privacy And Why It Really Matters

A view on the importance of privacy. Needlessly sacrifice it for vanity or convenience, and it never returns.

“In the United States there are already reports of instances where an individual’s financial transactions have been used to create “personalised” premium insurance pricing based on their eating habits. I’m all for sugar taxes, charging for extra seats if you’re too “large” to fit into one, and generally nudging people into eating more healthily but it’s a scary example of a hidden selection process based on unknown data affecting an individual’s daily life. There is no reason why hidden selection could not be used for more sinister purposes in wartime. Hidden selection is nothing new but it hasn’t been possible before to carry it out on such a large scale with such accuracy. Combine Google & Facebook and you have a complete history of someone’s search queries and social connections.”

 

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