Blogue : The danger of unconsciousness

Date de publication : 2017-10-16

Edward Snowden simply states, private information is confidential or it is not confidential ... there is no in-between. Photo Edward Snowden
Edward Snowden during his interview with Glenn Greenwald and Laura Poitras on June 6, 2013 in Hong Kong. (Wikipedia)

At first glance, the answer seems trivial ... What does it mean? In short, I think that for the majority of us, we simply trust our governments, the institutions and the companies that manage our private data. In short, yes, they have data about us, and then ... I have nothing to hide ... it does not concern me.

Since September 11, the situation has changed. For some it would be the decisive moment when it is conceded that the notion of private information ... would be a luxury that one cannot afford ... Terrorists are everywhere ... then I accept that the we can search my communications, my phone conversations, my emails ...

The compiled media data of the different API seems a bit abstract. Facebook is above all a face of friends, Twitter, Instagram, Google + and others do the same.

Social media collect what exactly?

Facebook is one of the great players in social media. Under the constraints of regulation, it must inform us about the nature of the information it seizes, stores and uses for commercial purposes. Do you read the footnotes? Facebook collects among other things your small visits:

  • The activities and information you provide
  • The activities of other people and information they provide
  • Your networks of contacts
  • Payment information
  • Information about your devices
  • Information from websites and applications that use Facebook services
  • Third-party partner information
  • Facebook Companies

In other words ...

This means that anything you share with friends, watch or download as family images does not belong to you anymore!

Ultimately, we could admit that ultimately, it is not very serious. My family photos ... the old uncle who took a drink too much at the Christmas party ... what a difference. It is well known that this information generates significant revenues ... revenues higher than revenues from television and newspapers among others.

Concept of Privacy, Freedom of expression and Democracy

What bothers me here ... is the syndrome of unconsciousness. I know I have to change my car ... she's gotten older, but I do not want to believe she's going to let me down when I need it ... Unconsciousness and I am one of them. All these traces of our little daily dailies of your friends, your family, your travels, friends of your friends ... of their knowledge ... this can, however have important impacts ... at the moment when you do not know, is not waiting for it. In fact, examples of the use of our private data for political purposes are now commonplace.

However, in our modern societies, we are proud to say that criticism and freedom of expression are the important foundations, to see essential of democracy ... then these small traces of our everyday life ... our electronic DNA comes into play ...

If I am a small dictator in power and I do not like what you say ... and Hi there ... with this little data from social media ... to which naturally political power gives me access ( We are fighting the terrorists) ... I know then practically everything about you ... on your loved ones ... all your little real secrets and those that I could then invent and that would be quite credible ... and as Voltaire said , "Give me only three words written in the hand of a man, and I will get him hanged" (a quotation to be documented).

If you live in certain parts of our planet and you search for some sites where you discuss and document small social problems, corruption of leaders ... where some of your friends, acquaintances do it without even telling you... then, talk to the Chinese, Russian, North Korean dissidents ... and all their loved ones who live in fear ...

Is Sherlock Holmes one of the bad guys?

It's my job, I put food on my table by analyzing customer data, business customers or consumers. The objective of a successful customer data analysis is that it promotes the success, the viability of an economic project ... A business or a company that has to close its doors while access to information about the preferences and habits of its customers would have avoided that business closure... this data is useful and desirable, profitable for all ... On the other hand, for me there is an absolute barrier with respect to the privacy of individuals .

A job I like. When children ask me what my job is, I describe myself as a kind of Sherlock Holmes, Inspector Poirot ... a hero who seeks clues to find the solution to the mystery. On the other hand ... when we have access to this private, confidential data, the dice are piped ... There is no game. In such a context, we must be careful ... not to confuse Sherlock Holmes for a bad people! I conclude by quoting the text of Pastor Niemöller.

First they came for the Socialists, and I did not speak out

Because I was not a Socialist.

Then they came for the Trade Unionists, and I did not speak out

Because I was not a Trade Unionist.

Then they came for the Jews, and I did not speak out

Because I was not a Jew.

Then they came for me and there was no one left to speak for me.