Technology or Privacy?

Today’s society has both the blessing and the curse of having access to a
vast range of technologies. A person can be diagnosed by doctors while video-chatting from his or her own home, communicate with someone located on the other side of the world instantaneously, or monitor his or her home through enhanced security systems.

While these technologies offer many blessings, there are potential downsides that accompany their
presence.Technological progress has created a situation of severe tension and incompatibility between the right to privacy and the extensive data pooling.People are currently living in the Information Age, where devices record and collect data based on their personal information.Both governments and giant corporations have become data miners, collecting information about every aspect of our activities, behavior and lifestyle.

This data is used for different purposes, but most is used for advertising and learning a user’s preferences.It can also be made available to the government – specifically for law enforcement. The data collected by these third parties provides detailed records as to an “individual’s reading materials, purchases, diseases, and website activity,” which allows the third parties to assemble a profile of an individual’s finances, health, psychology, beliefs, politics, interests, and lifestyle.Therefore, a random organization or company or the government could know more about a person than even his or her closest family members and friends.

Now, it’s upto you to decide whether you want to move along with the new technological developments and stay upto date, or stick to keeping your privacy secure.

-Aprameya Rangarajan, Techniche Media

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