Privacy vs Security is a conundrum. In most cases, to achieve privacy means implementing tools that prevent or preclude security.  To achieve security and protection against threats, the trade off for the user is sacrificing privacy.  By its very nature, privacy entails eliminating the ability for a user’s web surfing, email, texting, social media and app activity to be monitored.  Security requires such activities to be monitored and inspected to provide protection against cyber threats.

A user won’t be able to have both complete privacy and complete security, so  when it comes to choosing between privacy vs security, they must decide which compromises they are willing to make.  Will they sacrifice some privacy in exchange for security? Or, will they exchange the risk of cyber threats, viruses, and ransomware for better privacy?

Giving Up Our Privacy and Liking It

We are constantly reminded of the growing number of privacy concerns from the use of Information and Communications Technology (ICT). Some are quick to blame governments or commercial entities when our personal information is compromised. Very few stop to think whether or not the blame should be pointed at ourselves. To what extent are we as end-users responsible for facilitating our own personal privacy?

Experiment Raises Online Privacy Eyebrow

People don’t seem to worry much about privacy when “checking in” to a favorite local restaurant or coffee shop, or from other social media posts that reveal one’s location. What if you were approached by a complete stranger who knew your name and other personally indefinable information within minutes after making an upload? A few socialites got quite the shock after a social media experiment revealed how much personal information can be extracted from publicly viewable status updates.

Greater Online Privacy Control Coming Soon for Consumers

Consumers will soon know exactly how much of their personal information is being collected online, by whom, and may one day be able to correct errors or opt-out entirely from such activity. The name of the game is “privacy” and thanks to a combination of recent investigative reporting and pressure from advocacy groups, regulatory entities and politicians, the urgency to reach this point is now mainstream news.