Does Technology Only Impact Privacy In One Direction?
from the doesn't-seem-like-it dept
New technologies have absolutely contributed to the erosion of certain privacies, in many cases just by stripping away the obscurity aspect that allowed for “security by obscurity.” However, many people also believe that technology can equally be a driving force in re-establishing privacy as well: using things like better encryption and other tools that can be embraced as a better method for keeping private info away from prying eyes. Does it really turn out that way? An analyst is now claiming that technology is a one way street when it comes to privacy — and, if it wasn’t obvious, saying that it’s the wrong direction for those who want things to remain private. Given the pretty much unstoppable march of technology, does it really mean that technology has turned privacy into a luxury instead of a right, as the author claims? There are certainly those, like David Brin, who believe this is the case, and claim that the only response is to embrace the lack of privacy and make it possible to stop privacy violations by making it easier for you to spot privacy violations and out the violator (think about it for a second, and it actually makes some sense). However, others may contend that there is still a very real possibility that technology can be used in response to put the privacy genie back in the bottle. It’s not a question that has a single answer. It seems likely that the real answer is somewhere in-between, with technologies both helping to build up and tear down walls on an ongoing basis.