We all know the incident of the Garden of Eden. Adam and Eve one day in the Garden of Eden realize they are naked. They freak out, and the rest is history. Nowadays, Adam and Eve would act differently. It’s wrong to not know what’s happening with our privacy. I believe that it’s morally unjust. What’s worse is that we don’t know that they’re doing it, or even why. Privacy is not something we’re all merely entitled to, it’s a prerequisite. Of course, it’s expanded into a much larger problem, but only because we’ve become quick to divulge info about ourselves. Luckily, every now and then most of us actually find that one question or two that seems to just ask too much. First we need to acknowledge why it matters, what’s available to everyone, and what someone can do with a single picture of you.
About 100 billion pictures were taken worldwide, that was back in 2000, and only a handful of them were actually uploaded online. Now 10 years later, in a single month, 2.5 billion pictures were uploaded to Facebook. Most of them had the subjects identified. Privacy isn’t about hiding negative secrets, the bad stuff. Most of us believe that all private data about us will be used in a good manner, but that’s not always the case. Nowadays, computers are able to recognize a person, just by their face. There’s also the new cloud computing, which gives anyone more computational power than there’s physically available in your phone. We can connect to the internet, and do hundreds of thousands of facial metrics in a few seconds.
If we combine these two notions, then we can say that there’s a radical change in privacy and anonymity. Essentially, someone can start from an anonymous face through Facebook, and combine it statistically with U.S. Government data. That same person can end up predicting social security numbers, which are extremely sensitive info. They can start with an image and using facial recognition, find a name and public data about them, and from that, gain private intelligence, which is much more sensitive. From there it’s up to them what to do with you as an entity, they can pass it on to their buddies, ruin your life as a whole, even pass it onto the public.
Current policies are ineffective, similar to bringing a knife to a gun fight. One of the policies is transparency, letting the people know what you’re going to do with their disclosure. In principle, that’s a good thing. However, transparency can be misdirected. You can tell people what you’re going to do, and then you still nudge them to give out more personal resources. Marketers tell us that social...