Over the last couple of weeks I had several discussions about the privacy on Google+ and Facebook. Currently I see friends leaving both networks due to the lack of it.
Is this a paranoid reaction? I don’t think it is. Social media sites are notorious for collecting information about people and selling it for some profit. What people do forget is the fact that these so called social sites are just the tip of what companies collect about you. People should be aware.
Let’s give some examples.
In the Netherlands, and partly in Germany (I think in a lot of countries) the government is able to track you since your isp needs to track traffic for 1 to N months. This means that they will not only collect who you call but also where you are located when you made these calls (or did not call at all).
The Dutch government is tracking you on certain highways where they track all cars (the license plates). So they know where you have been at what time.
Supermarkets will hand you a bonus card promising smart deals, they know exactly what you buy, even if you only use your credit card.
Health Insurance companies are getting bills from you doctor about subscriptions he wrote for you. They know exactly what is wrong with you.
As for the internet. I started using it in the late 1990’s and my provider at that time already had a blackbox tracking what people are looking for. People working there contacted me using non isp related phone’s to talk about certain issues.
Is this making me paranoid? No. I am aware of what I want to share and also have some options if I want to share something without tracking me. Just think about what you post on the internet, it is cached forever :-)