Why don’t we care about privacy?
Because most of us think we already have it. After all there are two amendments to the Constitution of The United States, the First and Fourth that “guarantee” our privacy.
And because we aren’t animals at the core.
Have you ever watched a dog sitting at the door of the house, ears perked up, attentive? That dog cares about privacy, or better yet security. He (she)’s built to protect the territory, assuming nothing – at each sound or sign of danger – alert behavior includes standing, barking, growling, or aggressively moving forward toward the intrusion.
But humans aren’t wired for such alert protection. In fact we’ve grown accustomed to all sorts of questionable, curious, and random changes in our modern lives that should attract our attention, but which we seem to dismiss out of hand. The proliferation of security cameras in public places is a great example. The only time we do pay attention is AFTER we’ve been attacked or violated or been subject to theft, monetary loss, or crime scene investigation.
There are times, though, when we actually take steps to protect things. With valuables, we will hide them under the bed or in a safe, secure location that would be hard for an intruder to find. Similarly have learned to protect our computers and smart devices with passwords, although research shows that password patterns are so easily recreated that we might be better off without them. In fact, current technology industry predictions suggest that passwords will go away and be replaced by bio-metric security as soon as Fall 2016.
We rail against cyber crime, merchant account breaches, and data compromises but still seem NOT to care too much about exposing our identities and information casually to the Internet world.
It would seem that best we can do today is to be pulled along by device manufacturers who will use security features as marketing tactics to keep us buying their devices. So watch for various new twists on bio-metric security from all the major vendors in late 2016. But don’t expect to see any new awareness of the importance of privacy as a result.
Thanks to SafeJunction