Sorry, but it’s true.
But you’re not alone. We’re all lazy.
We have consciously – or unconsciously – decided that convenience trumps privacy. We opt in to social networks without reading the terms. We let algorithms read our email. We allow search engine companies to save and archive our searches. We reveal all on Facebook.
As one of the greatest U.S. Supreme Court Justices Louis D. Brandeis once said:
“The greatest dangers to liberty lurk in the insidious encroachment by men of zeal, well-meaning but without understanding.”
It is as if Brandeis were speaking directly to Google. Or to Facebook. Or to any of the makers of the devices and technology that watch, track, follow and catalog everything we do.
While we shrug our shoulders and blithely tell ourselves: “I have nothing to hide.”
But of course this isn’t true.
It’s not about hiding. It’s about protecting our most precious possession: Ourselves. Our identity.
It is important for all of us to remember – and to be constantly reminded – that online privacy is an illusion. You are not alone. You are being followed. You are being watched.
Think before you post. Read the terms. Take the time to learn how to set-up privacy controls. Ask yourself if all your iPhone apps really need to know where you are all the time.
Understand that your actions and comments can come back to haunt you.
And once your privacy has been violated – you can’t get it back.