Thursday 22 March 2018

The Death of Privacy

"I don't want to live in a world where everything that I say, everything I do, everyone I talk to, every expression of creativity or love or friendship is recorded." – Edward Snowden

A year or two ago, Edward Snowden’s notion of everything we do or say being watched and listened to might have seemed fanciful, like something from a science fiction novel. But, increasingly we are accepting that we have no private life anymore. This week, in the Sunday Independent, we investigate the death of privacy. Just when people had come to accept that all their commercial, financial and transactional information was being stored and analysed, we began to realise that, in fact, all the aspects of our private lives that we share online are subject to spying by big business and by Government. Our intimate lives, our friendships, our love lives, even our sex lives. The truth about us is out there, and we don’t even know who gets to see it.

In this week’s Sunday Independent we look at the problems that arise in a world where everyone has a camera and a video camera on them at all times. We report on the alarming invasions of privacy that can result. We look at how Irish girls are having pictures taken up their skirts and posted online. We look at what happens a young Irish woman after her life as she knows it is destroyed when details of a sexual encounter go viral. We reveal how the Government is monitoring twitter. We ask how much of your personal information and pictures your phone provider stores. And we reveal the top ten ways to protect your privacy online.

Who’s watching you and what do they know? The death of Privacy. This week in the Sunday Independent

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