Creating Waves of Awareness
The Memory Of The Internet Is Forever
As you surf the Web, information is being collected about you. Web tracking is not 100% evil -- personal data can make your browsing more efficient; cookies can help your favorite websites stay in business. But, says Gary Kovacs, it's your right to know what data is being collected about you. He unveils a Firefox add-on, Collusion, to do just that. (Update: Collusion is now called Lightbeam.)
It could be this talk is just a sales pitch. Alternatively, it could be a real warning.
Do you trust the corporate industries with your data? Are you willing to trade this information for their services on FaceBook, YouTube, Google and every other website that you visit?
Many people say that no personally identifiable information (name, email, IP address) are allowed to be tracked. Who guards the trackers to see if they are collecting these forms of data? We are told, information is stored on web browsers and a browser will have cookies stored on it, but these cookies are unique to the browser, not the person using the browser.
I suggest that with all the personal information you post on the websites and social networks around the net describes a good deal about your life and personal identity. I am wondering how all this will play out over the next 5- 10 years.
Based on conversations I've had with the younger set, they really have no concern or care that their personal information and data is collected. Should we all be so 'care-free?'
The one way to keep yourself a bit safe is do not overexpose your self as far as practicable. Unnecessary data can be a problem later on. So let us be discrete as far as possible.That is my personal opinion.