Watch TRANSPARENT MACHINES a one minute film that explores why our society is obsessed with the conflicting concepts of transparency and privacy. We are “outraged” by the actions of the NSA, yet continue to willfully upload more and more of our personal information to Facebook and Google. This film explores the contradictory nature of our actions and beliefs regarding transparency.
How are you protecting your Internet, phone and metadata? The hard facts are headline news these days: our personal and business data is increasingly vulnerable on all fronts.
Government surveillance agencies partner with Web brands that we use daily. These corporate guardians not only retain our private data, they do not safeguard our detailed information. Google's Schmidt says, "Yes, it's possible that the information could be made available to the authorities." What’s more, some of these businesses package and sell our data in all sorts of forms—some legitimate, some unjustifiable.
What should you do as a business manager when you are entrusted with client data? Hiding data from intrusion is a necessary measure. Data security strategies are critical. In the end, though, it is not as easy as it seems. Start by focusing on data privacy, encryption and preventing online tracking.
Use Web brands that market themselves as privacy-focused alternatives. Popular newer brands generally don't hold onto user data, so they have nothing to turn over to government authorities. Exemplary stewards of data privacy include the search engine, DuckDuckgo.com and Tumblr, the guardian of 53.7 billion blog posts.
To put it in stark terms, it's imperative to shift to a strong defensive model. Depending on your business structure, you may need the help of an enlightened IT service provider at the forefront of protecting personal and business data and securing network systems.