Why does privacy matter? 5 Reasons why!

The response to anyone complaining about privacy issues is that "if you aren't doing anything wrong, then you have nothing to hide". These are reasons why I disagree. Let me know what you think?

Wes Pickett2
Last Updated: Jun 22, 2013 9:55 pm
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  • It makes criminals lives easier
    Credit card fraud, identity theft, stalking are all things you would hopefully want to avoid happening to you, but as more information is collected about you, and if someone can get their hands on it, it makes it that much easier for them to make you a target.
  • Being able to target specific groups of people is a double edged sword
    The goal of collecting your private information is to better target advertisements to you. To bring the products and services that you will probably want to your attention. This sounds good right? The problem is that the ability to target specific groups of people can be used for less harmless purposes. Do you really want someone to be able to group you with a bunch of other strangers and treat you all as a single entity?
  • With great power comes great responsibility
    Once a person or organisation has a large amount of data on people that data becomes very valuable. Do you think an organisation with huge amounts of people personal data can be trusted to resist the offers of third parties to buy that precious data? For example, a company (cough Facebook cough) who isn't making the money it's investors expect, and can't seem to find any good business models can be trusted not to exploit the rich data it has on it's users to make some sweet cash?
  • You might be in the wrong place at the wrong time
    The Boston bombings proved this. A witch hunt was started for innocent people based on an analysis of the collection of photos that were publicly available on the internet. Luckily the current authorities are not as hot headed, but this just an example of how an innocent person who has nothing to hide can become a victim of circumstances.
  • The current power structure may not always be in place
    You might trust your current government, but governments change over time. As the current government collect more and more sweet, rich data on it's citizens there becomes more of an incentive for future governments with less than pure intentions to get into power to get access to the private data (and the ability to collect that private data).
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