Last Updated On: 3 Aug 2021, 4:55 PM
Welcome to Noob's Guide To Privacy. This is my attempt to educate my friends and family about online privacy and digital security, and a guide on how we can protect ourselves in this digital world.
Whether you are an activist, a celebrity, a politician, or just another ordinary person, privacy is for everyone.
Whom are we protecting ourselves from?
Our privacy is in danger, and it is being constantly under attack by government agencies, big tech companies and non-state actors.
- Government Agencies.
Governments across the globe indulge in state sponsored surveillance to combat terrorism, prevent crimes, and to catch criminals. Unfortunately, surveillance is also used by governments for their political gains.
What type of protection is available to us against state sponsored surveillance?
The only protection I can think of are legal remedies. Over 150 national constitutions mention the right to privacy. In India, the Right to Privacy is a fundamental right. In addition to that, the Right to Privacy is enshrined in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.
There has been constant attempts to weaken our right to privacy, by attempting to control the use and the distribution of tools like End-to-End Encryption (E2EE).
- Big Tech Companies.
In the last 20 years, we have seen a drastic change in the business model of companies.
Big tech companies of our time like Amazon, Google, Facebook, Microsoft, etc. are solely depended on our data. They monetize our data, and sell it to advertisers. This type of business model allows free services and platforms like YouTube, Instagram or Google Search profitable.
If you're not paying for the product, you are the product.
How true this statement is? We surely are not paying for the online services that we use, then how come we are the product?
We are not paying for free online services like Google Maps, Bing, YouTube, Facebook, Instagram and Twitter with fiat currency, in fact, we are paying for them with our data.
They use our data and information about us to show us advertisements which we are most likely to click on.