Life, Liberty, And The Pursuit Of Privacy Analysis

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The issues of whether our privacy is protected online has been debatable as the internet keeps growing. Writer Nicholas Carr, moved by technology and its effect on society, argues in his essay “Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of Privacy” from his newest book Utopia is Creepy and Other Provocations, on the issues of privacy, specifically online privacy. Carr writes that as we go about our everyday lives, browsing online, hiding behind our computers, feeling completely anonymous, we are, however, completely unaware that our information is being collected and stored online. He claims that every keystroke, from typing to the details we provide when we shop online are all gathered and saved to the databases of corporations owning the websites. Furthermore, …show more content…
Let’s be honest, the majority of us provide our information to websites when they required certain information, for example, Facebook, Twitter, and Snapchat require your age, sex, and email. That’s more than enough information for the companies to identify who we are, as Carr states, “Most Americans can be identified by name and address using only their ZIP code, birthday, and gender.” (257) In other words, if these corporations have access to the required information, they have the ability to find out who we are, or they might already know. However, Facebook and Twitter are not the only ones collecting our data, they are just the ones that are commonly known for doing so. Websites such as Google, Yahoo, and Bing, are not innocent, they as well have their method of sliding under our radar. Google, as we know, is user-friendly, I personally use as it gives me results at lightning speed, but there is one downside, a very critical one. As we search on Google, Google is able to keep a record of everything we search or type in their engine, making Google just as dangerous as Facebook or any other …show more content…
Digital Trends) Have we really become more comfortable sharing our information with others? Maybe so. However, Zuckerberg did not mention the type of information he was referring to, as most Americans would not want to share their address, Zip Code, and phone numbers with just anyone. Furthermore, Zuckerberg from Facebook forgot to mention the type of data that is being collected online, such as our name, home address, and birthplace. Although we often interchange our personal information with friends and families openly, such as our emails and phone numbers. However, we aren’t comfortable sharing our personal details with anyone. Zuckerberg was not specific as to what type of information we are comfortable sharing, and with whom do we share those details with. But these corporations won’t always tell us everything we need to know if they benefit from selling our

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