William Thien

The Internet Age’s Most Crucial Issue Deliberately Ignored

Posted on: July 21, 2015

As you know I support legislation seeking increased privacy for internet users.

It is my opinion that protecting the personal privacy of internet users is THE most significant social issue today. It is without a doubt THE most crucial issue of The Internet Age. The installation of tracking code onto a person’s computer when they visit a particular web site should be more regulated. How many times have you visited a web site only to discover you were misled after doing a search using one of the big three search engines who sold the rights to that web site to do just that, mislead you so that they could attach tracking code to your computer? Now you don’t know who is tracking you or what web site installed secretive, malicious software on your computer that is acquiring your key strokes or uploading your files.

Furthermore, we hear in the news all the time about The NSA and other government agencies spying on us and we all have reservations about the extent of such activity.

But the subject of the corporate blanket search warrant issued to your computer when you accidentally visited a web site to which you were misled by one of the big three search engines is hardly ever discussed, yet it is that particular activity which I am convinced is more pernicious.

We need more regulation to protect the privacy of internet users. The internet is here to stay. I see no reason why we should have to sacrifice our personal freedoms merely due to some technological innovation such as the internet.

I think it is quite possible that the internet age’s most crucial issue is deliberately being ignored by our elected at the direction of those who profit directly from what I describe. But with changes to campaign finance laws and the inability to track related lobbying efforts throughout the country, it is unlikely we will ever know the true extent of such activity as I describe.

It would be nice if one of the current presidential candidates would take the matter up as part of their platform. I’m sure they would find such attention well received.

Copyright © William Thien 2015

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3 Responses to "The Internet Age’s Most Crucial Issue Deliberately Ignored"

Agreed. y’know there’s a tangential issue too; take Facebook for instance, you may think you’re privately perusing various profiles of FB members, e.g., taking in what those users knowingly reveal about themselves and make public —- but then FB tracks your searches and then sends alerts to them suggesting you as a possible FB ‘friend;’ in other words, they reveal your seemingly private browsing habits to those profiles that the owners CHOSE to make public. by my lights, that is a real violation of privacy….

My main concern is not so much within the realm of one internet property, such as Facebook doing what you describe, which is somewhat discomforting, but rather that such properties are selling that information to anyone and everyone. Some don’t, but most see such data as a large component of their revenue and merely visiting the web site constitutes agreement with such tracking and analytical behavior, as if you just set your foot in the door to a brick and mortar location, realized you were in the wrong place, turned around and left, yet they attached something to your coat when you came through the doorway which tracks your every move from that point on. Thanks for commenting.

Reblogged this on William Thien and commented:

My main concern is not so much within the realm of one internet property, such as Facebook tracking your activity within Facebook and notifying potential “friends” to contact, which is somewhat discomforting, but rather that such properties are selling your information to anyone and everyone. Some don’t, but most see such data as a large component of their revenue and merely visiting the web site constitutes agreement with such tracking and analytical behavior, as if you just set your foot in the door to a brick and mortar location, realized you were in the wrong place, turned around and left, yet they attached something to your coat when you came through the doorway which tracks your every move from that point on. Thanks for commenting.

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