Should we expect privacy when we use everyday technology? | KALW

Should we expect privacy when we use everyday technology?

May 10, 2018


According to Pew Research, 75 percent of Americans have smartphones. Most of us are using them for GPS directions, and about 70 percent of Americans are on some kind of social media.  Roughly two thirds on Facebook.

Technology is an undeniable part of our lives now. But with technology that makes life easier, comes the risk of personal privacy being violated. In March, Facebook came under fire when news broke that UK firm Cambridge Analytica harvested the data of 87 million Facebook users. Later that month, it announced an easier- to- find privacy control tool.


With all the tools and platforms we use every single day that carry our information, is there really such thing as privacy anymore?

Ars Technica reporter Cyrus Farivar tackles those questions in his new book Habeas Data: Privacy vs the Rise of Surveillance Tech.

"If your Facebook profile is public, and your images are public, or you have public info about you — the name of your kids, the name of your spouse, the name of your partner — that info can easily be captured by some rogue actor for whatever reason."

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