Most of you in Nepal are ignorant of the data trail you leave behind. This includes GPS data, phone records, credit card transactions, and a range of other crucial information. These data trails will be collected by service providers such as visiting websites, instant messaging services, and video sites. These personal data are collected, stored, transmitted, or sold to third parties without the userR17;s permission.
Internet privacy refers to the right to keep private sensitive data and information generated as a result of using the internet. Various individuals who have worked in software development, web firms, and large corporative megacorporations have viewed privacy as a crucial issue. People have a bad perception of Internet privacy. There are two sides to this; one is extremely anxious and protective of their data, while the other is unconcerned even if they are hacked.
Both perspectives are valid, yet they are also erroneous. It is the same in Nepal, where internet use is rapidly expanding.
Why are people afraid?
Social media has the ability to manipulate, influence, convince, and pressurize society, as well as govern the globe in both positive and harmful ways at times. People consume a lot of dystopian-themed media. It can be found in literature, television shows, and movies. These demonstrate people’s interest in society and what occurs when one entity wields too much control.
It is quite easy to go from cautious to paranoid. Individuals would be better described as ignorant. Because there is no appropriate culture for comprehending and learning about technology, the majority of society is uneducated. There are tools that can be used, but there is no learning system. As a result, many see any data collection from software as an infringement of privacy that could lead to something extremely hazardous.
People should not be fearful of corporations tracking them, and firms should be able to collect and sell your information. However, there should be stronger government supervision over how this is done in order to keep people safe and to ensure that sensitive information is not disclosed and is treated with care. People should be trained not to be unduly concerned about their data being tracked, but also about what data they should be concerned about.
Do all mobile applications collect data?
Too many applications collect personal information from users. These apps collect and retain information. Many applications track people’s behavior, location, and so on. However, because Facebook collects so much data, it suffers the brunt of it.
But how much of that data is detrimental, and how much is intrusive of privacy to the point where you should be concerned? A lot of information is collected on the apps you use, including but not limited to:
- Personal Information like name, address, phone number, email address
- Search history
- Your IP address
- What button you pressed
- What you bought
- What ads you have clicked on
- Bank account details
- Hobbies and interests
- Employment history
Although Facebook is not the only company that collects personal information, it is the most common offender, followed by Instagram, Tinder, Grindr, and Uber. The majority of the above-mentioned items are things that people are fine with being tracked. The most important questions to consider when tracking this type of information are:
- Can I be hacked with this?
- If this information gets leaked, how comfortable would I be with it?
- When my data is sold to other people, how much of a danger does that pose to me?
The answer to the first question is no, based on the information shown above. Because many individuals are unaware of how software works and have a fictitious representation of it. However, a lot of things are a no, and no one will be hacked. A lot, but not everything, and you should be concerned about our safety. So, which of the digits 1-10, if disclosed, may result in one of them being hacked? Any of these may be them.
In the software industry, there is a common security technique that is no longer advised. People are free to respond to the security question in whatever way they see fit. What was the name of your first dog? If you enter the name of your first dog, you are subject to hacking since you may have published that information on social media and now some corporation has that information.
Caution vs. fear
Individuals must exercise caution since companies profit from the software they use. In your generation, data has supplanted oil and gold mines. So, rather than avoiding it as if it were a terrible bogeyman lurking in the shadows, it should be exploited to the greatest extent possible in a safe manner. The vast majority of the data being watched is actually relatively safe, and the more sensitive data should be regulated rather than stopped. There are numerous approaches to data regulation and keeping firms honest. All of the data gathered also contributes to the improvement of the experience.
It’s probable that you’ve all experienced it. Google obtains information about you, and when you visit YouTube, it will recommend films to you based on your preferences. Facebook shows you adverts for products in which you have showed interest. None of this is particularly bad, and people would rather see adverts for items they actually desire rather than things they are only mildly interested in.
What should be done?
The internet’s use is growing on a daily basis. In Nepal, mobile broadband subscriptions are expected to reach 60.34 percent of the population by mid-January 2021, up from 55.30 percent last year. At this moment, all it takes is news about internet corporations gathering individual information to drive people into a frenzy.
Fear of potential harm to persons justifies this panic. It could be abused in a malicious way. There needs to be more transparency about how your data is used. Instead of the existing situation in which people block tracking and assume they have gained privacy, the government should adopt laws governing how it is to be used as well as regulations to ensure that your data is not being exploited.
There are still many misconceptions that make people fearful, but at the end of the day, everyone has the right to privacy and should be able to decide what information can and cannot be obtained and used.