Technological advancement has brought immense changes in our lives. It was not easy or even possible to predict how significant this would become. Also, no one can predict with certainty how things will turn out in the future. The effects of this advancement have been both positive and negative, one of the main concerns is the issue of privacy. One question that lingers in most people minds as they embark on using technology such as the internet is privacy. Use of the internet and other tools where one is required to reveal their identity as well as provide personal information has been a concern to many. People are not sure what happens to their private information and content once they are on the web. This is despite numerous assurances by the entities requiring such sensitive details that they respect confidentiality. With the issues of hacking and cyber-crime in general, there is justification for fear.
Smart technology has enabled users to acquire gadgets that communicate with them, devices that respond to situations in an unmatched way. This has made life easier but on the same note left people wondering whether they are safe anymore, whether they have lost their privacy. Technology experts warn that when people decide to use smart devices, they are giving up some level of privacy as these devices have the capability of collecting private information. One of the latest comments has been Samsung warning that its smart televisions have the capability to collect private information through its voice activation feature. The electronics company warned its customers to avoid having conversations which involve giving personal information or discussing personal issues while in front of their television as it has the capacity to capture sensitive information. In simple terms the gadget can listen to what people say and, record it even when it is offline. Although the South Korean electronics firm has clarified how the smart device ends up recording through voice activation feature, fear is still rife that smart devices have compromised privacy.
Experts say that users must be willing to lose some privacy for the purposes of gaining material benefits. They argue that little privacy loss is progressive; it enables the user to access and use technology that is beneficial to their lives. Through sharing personal information with online merchants, you are able to carry out transactions, and conveniently get what you need. The alternative would be spending time and money to get what you need from a brick and mortar store, but through sacrificing some levels of privacy you are able to get what you need from the comfort of your office or house.
Tech companies such as Facebook among others, have, in the recent past obtained loads of personal data. Some of it has been used for advertisement purposes while others have been used to locate you. All this comes about through a sacrifice of your privacy, in return, the platform allows you to use it in accessing information, carrying out business and performing many other tasks which would not have been possible if there was no such forum. It is a give and take, the company obtains personal data, uses it for the purposes which they have already informed you of, and in return you benefit from the services that they offer, including those that have the capacity to change your life positively. We may have lost our privacy through the use of advanced technology but this has been compensated for by the benefits that we have gained through use of platforms requiring us to surrender our personal data.