alive, not enough time to think about FOSS. Or maybe they're simply confused, maybe they simply don't know.
The topic is wide, it's easy to digress, and I'm not sure about the best way to tackle it (consider this to be a first draft, updates will come). Let's say it's just an attempt, an effort, to at least address the issue.
Won't ask you for any money, nothing, he'll just keep a tiny tiny list of all:
In standard conditions for temperature and pressure, you won't be okay with anybody offering you the deal above because (among many other reasons):
It sounds like, nobody want me to:
Yet, most of the same people are using all kinds of "privacy invading" technologies on a daily basis: Siri, Alexa, Google. I won't even talk about smart TVs, nor Facebook.
People use privacy invading software for maaaaany reasons that can be understood.
There is the "I need to figure out what to eat today" reason. Present all over the world, especially for the poorer people. Even more true in the Black continent.
There is the fact that implications (of using privacy invading software) are invisible, not obvious. While the benefits are immediate, concrete, observable.
Terms of Service are, most of the time, confusing, difficult, blurry.
There is also the "I use it because people around me are using it" reason. People are moved by those around them and wish to fit in as quickly as possible, as simply as possible.
Henrik Ibsen said "A thousand words leave not the same deep impression as does a single deed". And I definitely agree with him:
Everybody has a right to life and to the preservation of physical integrity. [...]
No one shall be subjected to arbitrary interference with his privacy, family, home or correspondence, nor to attacks upon his honour and reputation. Everyone has the right to the protection of the law against such interference or attacks.
Right to respect for private and family life.
Everyone has the right to respect for his private and family life, his home and his correspondence.
There shall be no interference by a public authority with the exercise of this right except such as is in accordance with the law and is necessary in a democratic society in the interests of national security, public safety or the economic well-being of the country, for the prevention of disorder or crime, for the protection of health or morals, or for the protection of the rights and freedoms of others.
The right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects, against unreasonable searches and seizures, shall not be violated, and no Warrants shall issue, but upon probable cause, supported by Oath or affirmation, and particularly describing the place to be searched, and the persons or things to be seized.
The point seems to be: Every human being has a right to privacy, and this right should not be violated.
I was not able to find a fixed, simple, perfect, static definition of privacy. The definition may vary from one country to another, from one constitution to another, from one period of time to another.
But I guess we can agree that privacy is any information that intrudes into the intimacy of the individual. Right? Privacy is that thing which is essential to the protection of our dignity as Human Being. Right? Anything that is directly related to :
Privacy is the fundamental way to protect yourself
How do we defend ourselves and our friends from privacy invading technologies? What can we do to safeguard our personal privacy. What are the ways we can use to better protect ourselves when going online? What are the alternatives to the privacy invading software? I'll talk about the solutions in the next article (coming soon).
Completely shuting down all the Tech Giants won't be an easy task. It cannot be done within the snap of a finger (I wish it could). Let's stay optimistic, there is still some actionable steps we can take to help:
This topic is too wide to be covered entirely in this tiny article. I really hope you're learned something. I strongly recommend the following links for a better exploration and understanding of the topic.
The following is a list of resources you should download, browse & share:
Special thanks to Orbifx, the Nature's emissary, and Travis Kalanick. They both gave me interesting ideas to help me finish this article.