Data Protection and Privacy

This video was prepared for the UNCTAD conference in 2016. UNCTAD stands for United Nations Trade and Development. It has been working on helping developing nations engage safely with global trade and development. Two years down the track and we all seem to be developing nations when it comes to data protection and privacy. The general consensus seems to be that it’s all out of hand and we are powerless in protecting our online information and profile. Our data doesn’t belong to us and that is the biggest bone of contention. This post serves as an introduction. The issues around data protection and privacy are many and varied. The video highlights some major concerns and things to look for. It will take a number of posts to look at all of this in more depth.

For me , it boils down to 3 things:

  1. Selling data for data mining is big business. People need a  lot of data so they can sell it and then people package it and make money out of selling it. Not unlike coal mining.
  2. We need huge quantities of data for artificial intelligence and developing humanoids/robots etc etc. AI is already serving some very good purposes. How can we help without putting our information at risk?
  3. Data is being ,and has been , collected from us and shared without our permission. What are our rights and how do we balance the need for data to further develop the technology we need and like and maintain integrity with regard to respect for individual privacy?

It has become clear to me that different people are concerned about privacy and data breaches in different ways and for different reasons. We need to have a decent conversation about all of this so we can benefit form data and information sharing .

Google photos

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Google photos is designed to take the weight off your phone/tablet storage which is increasingly a problem in a world where we take and share photos and we want to be able to show photos to others. More and more people are making videos to post too. You can’t keep everything on your phone so cloud storage is possibly your answer. You don’t necessarily want Google to always back up and sync what you do . You are not able to delete the photos from Google photos . You can only archive them which isn’t right in my opinion. When we were in control of our devices we decided what we kept an what we deleted. Phone/tablet images are used for all sorts of reasons these days and some of that might be sensitive information. I should not be here making a case for anyone having control over their own images.

With Google Photos sync and back up you might want to switch that off and back up images you want when you want. The instructions for Android devices are here on know your mobile. Newatlas explains it from an iPhone point of view but also looks at the reasons you might want to be using Google photos and the advantages. The decision is yours and all I can say is what I have said before  – always check your settings.

Protect your privacy

Privacy

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I have mentioned BetterCloud before. I subscribe to the email and I always get very good quality tech information. Today was no different. In this morning’s email was a link to an article about 66 ways to protect your privacy. You may know some of them, you may want to try the others and then there might be some you are not sure about and you can investigate. If nothing else this is a lot of solid advice about how to protect your privacy online.

Facebook -friend or foe?

2veritasium certainly has a lot to say that is worth considering and ought to be debated loudly and clearly. I know we live in an economy but does it always have to be about the money? I can’t say I feel thwarted or annoyed by the way Facebook is managing my feed because I get a lot of information from the sites I follow and I get plenty of updates from my Facebook friends and family. There is a tendency by Facebook to plonk something at the top of the feed because it assumes I want to know or comment. In that sense it does encourage and push commenting and liking. They have certainly made it easier to “like” on tablets and smartphones. They want people to interact. One thing I have said to other people is I believe Facebook is a good training ground for teaching you to look after your online information and presence. It changes frequently and doesn’t always tell you and so you develop the habit of checking the settings. If paid posts are going to be more highly featured I cannot see that working. People will just block them or find another work around. I block what I don’t want to see. 2veritasium says your feed will end up with like minded people and thoughts. Well, yes. I look upon Facebook as a place where I can go to catch up with people and find things out. It’s not where I want to be confronted and challenged because it operates too randomly and doesn’t take people and their needs into account when it allows that kind of interaction. Facebook has battled through a number of social issues to create a safer online space for people and that is how it should be. One of the people commenting under this video mentions that YouTube can be unpleasant because of the trolling which can go on under videos. Good point. Why go looking at videos and then have to suffer the unfiltered words of some random person from somewhere? The pages I follow on Facebook are sometimes places that I engage with as a customer. The side adverts on Facebook I look at but would follow them up online as 2veritasium suggests. It has been good to have contact with my colleagues on Facebook. Everyone has a different way of connecting and teachers are incredibly busy people. It is handy to send a Facebook message sometimes and easier than an email and I don’t always have a mobile number. I would have thought Facebook is about connectivity and if you want to make money from it , you do it naturally, as has been going on with the Facebook pages from businesses and organisations. It may be growing slowly but that sort of contact is growing . It’s interesting to think how we are using and seeing these high profile sites and then how a business model is trying to influence them. Thinking what this all means and then sharing ideas will inevitably lead to better approaches to meet needs but constantly looking at people just in terms of money is probably not going to work because essentially we prefer the sharing notion of these sites.

Get your Gmail settings out

GmailIf you have a Gmail or Google ID you might want to read the post at Ed’s Blogue on the privacy settings so that you are not automatically running a Google + account. Ed is very helpful when it comes to being alert to what is going on behind the scenes on devices and often writes posts which tell you how to fix the problem. His post shows you clearly how to alter your settings so you don’t automatically have a Google + account. Integrating the sorts of sites Google integrates is a massive task, so if you are on Gmail, Blogger, YouTube, TweetDeck and you have a Google ID you will be aware that Google tries to simplify going from one online community to the other. It can be helpful Chrome will preserve all your bookmarks and settings so you can log in on any computer and Chrome will run YOUR browser. Having one ID for a number of sites can be handy and then big companies like Google try to both advance their products by helping you join their version of whatever it is and also help you move between their products. In doing that you might get something you didn’t want. I don’t want a Google + account but my YouTube stuff is being pushed by my Google + account and some people have “found” me on the Net in a nice way because my Google + account exists. I never visit it and I never go there and I need to think if it is a problem for me or not. I can only say what I have said before. When you belong to a site, make a habit of checking the settings on a reasonably regular basis.

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