Is it shallow of me that this current swing away from facebook makes me smile?
In particular, I read Deek’s blog and felt a quiet internal fist punch the air whilst whisper-shouting “YES!”
I can’t help but think it’s all still too late for those that did have an account and have now deleted, as they have already signed away the rights to have their name extracted from wherever it may exist online. It is interesting that they say they reserve the right to extract your details from off line sources as well.. Are there any of those places left?
Years ago I remember seeing an exhibition in New York from an artist (sorry can’t remember his name) who had patented the DNA from a select few of his friends. A painter, a sculptor and so on. He stated that with this new ownership he now possessed their individual artistic merits.
Obviously it was a statement against the use of DNA databases, but with the human gnome now technically being ‘open source‘ If we can’t own the right to our physical being, how on earth can we expect to keep a hold of the personal details of our life? It’s as if by joining facebook we too have signed a copy of the Bermuda Principles.
There are those that would argue that a totally transparent society is the way to go. With DNA for scientific medial reasons I would have to agree making it ‘open source’ can do nothing but help us find all kinds of cures. But for our personal lives, (or whatever is left of them) rubbish.
Privacyhelps us as individuals maintain our autonomy and individuality. We define ourselves by exercising power over our personal information.
Not to mention the functional benefits too. It protects our identities, not just from identity theft but also from repercussions for our political and religious beliefs. The Nazis found ID cards very helpful when it came to rounding people up.
I wrote a little in ‘The Perfect Prison‘ about what happens to our minds and how we begin to behave when our privacy is slowly taken away from us.
I used to think that my home was a ‘private’ place but when I spend 70% of my waking hours online how much privacy do I think I really have.
Check out this short film on who’s watching you..
There are not many ‘private’ places left. And now that policing has been brought right into out home.. do you have anywhere private to go?