The year 2018 can be termed as the Year of Privacy. Exhibited by the reaction on Facebook - Cambridge Analytica scandal and sensitivity of data breaches to #google axing GooglePlus, Mariott Hotels paying for new passports for guests affected by a major security breach …etc
And #apple driving privacy Ads such as recently in CES and various talks by their C-level staff …
I recently signed up for a credit and prepaid card(3 - 4 months ago) and only linked my prepaid account to my AWS account .
Surprise surprise trying to upgrade(Remove Ads) on an app to premium in #google playstore. I was presented with a buy with #Gpay payment methods Visa- ####.
A quick research online shows prevalence of #google purchasing local/offline payment transactions from as early as 2014 from #Reddit rumblings here and here to more prominent articles such as MIT tech’s Review in 2017.
This broadens in scope further than your smart phone and computer to institutions that hold sensitive data about you be it Govt or not(Insurance, healthcare, retailers etc…).
It’s not all doom and gloom with 2 bills being proposed currently for a Data Protection Law https://techweez.com/2018/11/13/review-kenya-data-protection-bill/ courtesy of June Okal and Techweez for coverage.
My main worry is a dystopia where large organizations or governments can surveil and further even build structures such as China’s Social Credit System which incorporates many sources of info about you(Face recognition -> Cameras, Access to your cloud accounts, WeChat, Alibaba etc…) aspects
The hustle of finding alternatives to configuring things and expenses involved might be too much for some of us. The two major culprits #google(Gmail, Gsuite, YouTube, Photos and Calendar) and #Facebook(itself, WhatsApp, Instagram and Messenger) seem hard to be replaced…
The former may not have had serious breaches or it’s data used in controversial ways but the extent to which it has data about you may be much more significant than #Facebook.
Recent reports on studies indicate that average Facebook users would have to be paid 1000$ to stop using #Facebook for only an year.
For things that cannot be easily substituted or replaced like Govt institutions makes it impossible.
It is a relevant time for such a discussions as smaller discussions are currently emerging -> Data privacy in some Kenyan apps …
Are you concerned about your data privacy? What was your Aha! that you thought was private/confidential? Have you been able to replace services/apps you feel are excessive?
Lets also have a discussion …