Saturday, May 1, 2010

Privacy and Confidentiality

Privacy, in this world where a person who really knows what they are doing with a computer can track down you entire history starting from the day you were born to what kind of toilet tissues you purchased online, is an important thing for everyone. New media has given everyone tools to track whatever, whoever and where ever they want. This is not to say that it is all of waste. The fact that new media makes it possible for security systems such as military all over the world to track criminals, catch users of illegal material, makes this a possible thing. But imagine every time you sit down in front of a computer you feel as if two eyes are watching every move you make, everything you type in. This is the negative effect of this kind of new media. When one puts in their information including their phone number, address and everything, it is an easy pass for an online predator who is waiting for an opportunity. Many sites that pop up or under ask you to give in your information claiming to be the original site. Many people who are just starting to use a computer would be very trusting and provide them with all the information becoming the bait for these predators. In a world of new media, where virtual worlds are used to train people in certain things and where technology becomes something that is being invented every single moment rather than a flash in every few years, privacy and confidentiality become major problems and threats.

Over time if people are not sure that the websites that they'll be visiting are fake-proof, they would probably stop visiting it all together. This is also the reason security has become such a huge industry these past few years. People need to be assured that visiting and using an online system to get work done faster is okay. And after so many things that did go wrong, this seems like it would take sometime until everyone trusts the new media.

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