I saw the “Terms and conditions may apply” movie yesterday and I think you should see it too. I really like how they built up the case for online privacy. They use facts to make us think about the implications losing our privacy and at the end of the movie they give some frightening real life examples of innocent people that have bullied by governments and big corporations.
I think this is a must see movie. Most of the people I asked if they are concerned with their online privacy consider that will not be affected by the fact that other people have access to their private information. They say that they have nothing to hide, that they are not that important and they are not afraid if people know what they do online. Until recently I thought pretty much the same…
The scary part is not that other people know what you do online, the scary part is that other people have access to your data but do not know the context.
Online privacy issues
There is a big difference between people knowing what you do online and having access to your data (Google searches, emails, Facebook posts, text messages, Facebook messages). The thing is that data without context can be interpreted in many ways. And keep in mind that this data can be and probably is stored forever. So if at one point somebody who does not agree with your views comes to power they
can profile you based on your past online activity. From there to being persecuted will be a small step. That I find very disturbing.
In this documentary there are a few frightening examples of how this massive surveillance is already being used. Do you know minority report and how “in the future“ police makes preemptive arrests based on the intention of someone… well that thing already happened.
Here is the “Terms and conditions may apply” documentary trailer.
How to protect your privacy?
Here is what I think you should do to protect your privacy.
- Be aware of it and understand the implications of other people having access to it
- Vote/support people that want to protect your online privacy
- As a last resort equip yourself to become more private
- Use a VPN
- Use browser privacy extensions like: Privacy Badger
- Stay offline
I’ll end up this post with my favorite quote from this movie:
You have nothing to hide until you don’t