If you’re not paying for the product, then you are the product… Let’s not do that.”
– Phil Zimmerman, Creator, PGP
“What’s wrong with the current system is not that we are Google’s users; we are google’s product.”
– Jacques Benkoski, Partner, USVP
As the data industry blazes ahead, few stop and think of the implications behind monetizing personal data. The VLAB panel from the October 15th privacy event represents the vanguard of those who fight for personal privacy.
But what’s wrong, exactly, with monetizing personal information? Why shouldn’t data of my every move find its way to organizations who cater to my wishes? And why shouldn’t government agencies access data to keep the public safe?
Privacy, or the non-disclosure of personal information, protects the weak from the strong. Privacy ensures greater freedom of speech and action; if corporations and governments don’t know what I say and do, they can’t control me. Privacy protects individuals from corporations who would exploit them.
But big data builds more enthusiasm these days than privacy; after all, big data makes so much more money…
Our panelists paint a picture of a less private, and less free, world
“It appears that the fourth amendment seems to stop when it’s involving digital communication… I’m wondering if privacy is moving from a right to a privilege… Even Mark Zuckerberg, who founded Facebook, wants more privacy…Is