The Internet Privacy Myth Protection of life and personal liberty is a fundamental right grant under Article 21 and part of the freedoms guaranteed under Part III of the Constitution, although the right to privacy is subject to reasonable restrictions.
Internet Privacy Myth
However, nowadays both companies and states violate the privacy of individuals. Individuals are not inform about the ongoing monitoring, the way our personal data is collect, analyzed and distributed, and we have no way to question these actions.
With the global explosion of social media, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and Google have unprecedented access to information about the people living in this millennial world. It’s a smorgasbord for hackers and stalkers, and unsuspecting attacks can happen anytime, anywhere.
All engagements, divorces and childhoods are report on social networks. Many of us officially go public on social media, announcing relationship statuses, expressing opinions, admitting mistakes, and announcing sexual identities. Ten years ago, this was rare.
Privacy was different in the past when we were all phone books and yellow address pages.
Data-based privacy classification
Data that can potentially be use to identify a specific individual is (PII) personal data.
Data that cannot be use on its own to track or identify an individual is non-personally identifiable (non-identifying) information, simply put, it is the opposite of personally identifiable informations.
According to the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), all data that is sensitive in nature and that qualifies as personally identifiable information is call sensitive personally identifiable information.
Many software applications and websites increasingly rely on users’ personal information, which is often at risk of exposure through digital/cyber attacks and data breaches by criminals. Data breaches that reveal personally identifiable information often result in that information falling into the hands of cybercriminals or circulating on the black market via the deep web. Once exposed, attackers use sensitive personal information to facilitate identity theft, fraud, and social engineering attacks, with phishing and spearphishing attacks being particularly common.
Privacy offline and online
(a) The traditional understanding of privacy has been very much related to physical space, called offline privacy.
(b) Internet Privacy Internet privacy is the right to keep confidential the sensitive data and information generated through the use of the Internet. Companies get as much personal information as possible. Our behavior, choices, and location are track and collected by companies seeking to provide highly relevant information for your inquiries, tailored advertising campaigns, products and services from your phone, GPS, and other devices, and ultimately to third parties.
Privacy settings in social networks
* help.twitter en/safety-and-security/how-to-make-twitter-private-and-public
Tips for maintaining privacy
* Apply for Do Not Disturb from your mobile operator
* Install this firewall software on your PC.
* Browse the Internet incognito with a Virtual Private Network (VPN).
* Then use Incognito mode and when browsing the Internet.
* privacy-friendly browsers like TOR / Duck Duck Go.
* Verify legitimacy before clicking any short links or filling out online forms.
* Properly configured privacy settings in social networks.
* Stay private on public and free Wi-Fi networks.
* Never use a public repository for personal information.
* two-factor authentication for all login purposes.
* Be doubly sure before granting permissions to mobile apps and browser extensions
* messaging apps that have end-to-end encryption.
* Change all standard passwords of gadgets and programs.
* parental control, safe search and safe play functions for children’s electronic gadgets.
* Turn off notifications on the lock screen on your smartphone
Stay tuned to the Cyber Talk column for more on Internet ethics and digital health from Anil Rachamalla, End Now Foundation, www.endnowfoundation.org