[–] Superking 0 points 9 points (+9|-0) ago 

Barring some kind of sweeping government intervention, privacy is dead. There are just too many ways for corporations to compile data on a person to ever truly remain anonymous anymore. The more technology improves the worse it is going to be.

Electronic cars will monitor where you go and what businesses you are going to pass. Credit cards will monitor your spending habits. Google will monitor your internet history. Facebook will keep track of who you interact with and what your interests are. Your cell phone will keep track of who you call, how often, what apps you use, etc. Even if you try to stay off the grid by using cash, facial recognition cameras will eventually be good enough to track you.

Without some kind of intervention we are eventually all going to be subjected to one endless stream of tracking and individualized marketing from the moment we wake up to when we go to bed.


[–] user2033 0 points 2 points (+2|-0) ago 

I don't see much way to avoid it aside from moving to a less electronic country. Or hoping that western civilization goes through some serious soul-searching over the coming years. I don't see much hope for the latter.


[–] BatmansTesticles 0 points 8 points (+8|-0) ago 

The less self-dependent you are, the less privacy you have.


[–] 4EnglandJames 0 points 5 points (+5|-0) ago  (edited ago)

Here's how I get to sleep at night:

I think global information networks will begin to fragment (to an extent they already have), leaving the "old" internet to media conglomerates with expensive curated drivel and a user base with zero privacy (and one-click purchases!). Some may choose to use multiple networks, but I definitely see viable open alternative networks gaining momentum and the proliferation of cheap or even disposable technology will make current anti-privacy measures obsolete.

I'm thinking at some point in the near future, we'll have the equivalent of the "burner phone" for most internet connected devices (something like ultra cheap Raspberry Pi terminals but in cost and volume similar to business cards). There are already systems in place for incentivizing users to act as a mesh node (probably through Tor) that can be connected to and paid for with bitcoin micro payments.

There are government funded organizations actively working against this outcome (NIST) through projects like Internet2 under the guise of "security" or something, but if alternatives are available I think people will use them. In fact, a private automated taxi service might be a great business if you use similar "trust" systems as some of the bitcoin markets. As soon as RealID or something similar is a requirement for internet usage, I could see enough people jumping ship to form a new web.

Granted, people like my parents would line up for a bar code tattooed on their forehead if the government told them it was to stop terrorists, and I think there will always be that segment of the population. Again though, they might use multiple networks if they could only access their shitty entertainment through official channels.

Additionally, I think the internet as we currently know it is falling victim to Borges' Library of Babel. There are sites that publish huge lists of fake contact information and the like for the explicit purpose of protecting other peoples' identities. Hell, I made a few fake Google accounts just today.


[–] GeorgeBurns 0 points 2 points (+2|-0) ago 

I'm almost OK with the loss of privacy, it might even be a good thing, as long as the politicians and CEOs have to submit to the brainscans before I do.

In a world at war, governments will always have a reason to keep secrets. We have to end war, and then we can all be open with each other. Or maybe if we're all open with each other, that will end war.


[–] KoKansei 0 points 1 points (+1|-0) ago 

Cryptoanarchy, bitches.


[–] RandomAccess 0 points 0 points (+0|-0) ago 

I think there is, but not in the sense that data about a person will not be collected. That idea of privacy is dead. The future of privacy will be determined by the legal protections we establish to ensure that data is protected. We should limit the number of people who have access to it, and only allow it to be used for clearly defined purposes. The legal uses should be transparent and obvious to everyone and any organization or agency caught misusing it should suffer serious consequences for the violation of privacy. I think that's the future we could have, but it's not going to be easy because there are a lot of government agencies and corporations who really want to free access to all of that data.


[–] 123_456 0 points 0 points (+0|-0) ago 

We live in a world where information is king. I don't see us ever having total privacy. However, the main concern is 'what do they do with the data they collect?' That's what I care about. I don't care that someone knows what my favorite pizza is, or what color I like. Those things are inconsequential to me.