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An infringement on our privacy is ubiquitous to the modern internet era. The media paints the image that all of our online activities, from mindless internet browsing to banking information, is being monitored by hackers, corporations and even governments. However, there may still be ways, and things society can do, to maintain anonymity. Is online privacy a lost cause which should be abandoned altogether? Or can we still retain it?

Yes, we should abandon online privacy. Show more Show less

Privacy is an outdated concept, that doesn't work in our connected world. We should embrace the benefits of full transparency.
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So much of our online privacy has already been taken

Governments, corporations and agencies already have access to so much of our personal information. We should abandon the idea of online privacy altogether, because in the future, we will have no privacy whatsoever.
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The Argument

We have nearly abandoned online privacy already. Society should have realised long ago that anything that goes into the online ‘ether’ is potentially public, available for scrutiny by hackers and government agencies. Already, cyber security experts are advising ‘netizens’ to limit their use of social media. When US Attorney General William Barr called for tech companies to give law enforcement access to encrypted communications and information, it was a massive blow against what’s left of society’s privacy.[1] No one needs to be giving away what little privacy they have left. The current situation is untenable, and we are already giving away our data and allowing private companies or the government to take more and more of our liberties in the name of ad revenue or security. Furthermore, the ‘giants’ who are snooping on our data are trying to sell it online. On a national level, the individual’s lack of privacy becomes magnified by adversary intelligence agencies to create person-person profiles. They have means to exploit our lack of privacy, our leakage of what we do, what we buy, and amass this information by the billions of bits. Big search engines are already tracking users to determine which results to display. Whilst it may appear that results similar to other sites you visit may be advantageous, this creates a filter bubble, where you can only view information that you are likely to agree with. Online privacy is now a lost cause and should be abandoned, because society has already found itself with huge data breaches.[2]

Counter arguments

Although threats to user’s online privacy is a reality society is being faced with currently, the protection of our online data is so essential, we should try to limit the breaches we are being faced with as much as possible. Credit card numbers are being sold online for as little as $1 apiece and personal identities are being exchanged across internet chatrooms at a suitable price. Hackers have gained access to information on 25 million Uber riders in the United States.[3] Infringements of online privacy are so important that just because we have already faced massive data breaches, does not mean we should give up, and we should always protect online privacy.[4]

Premises

[P1] Governments, companies and organisations are currently accessing our personal information for their own benefit. [P2] Therefore, society should abandon the idea of online privacy because we can no longer do anything to stop breaches of our data.

Rejecting the premises

[Rejecting P2] Even though we are facing breaches of privacy already, protecting our personal data is so important that we shouldn't be giving up.

References

  1. https://www.justice.gov/opa/pr/statement-attorney-general-william-p-barr-introduction-lawful-access-bill-senate
  2. https://www.nytimes.com/2017/03/29/opinion/online-privacy-abandoned.html
  3. https://www.nbcnews.com/id/3078835/t/online-privacy-fears-are-real/#.XzgXwi2ZOq
  4. https://blogs.cornell.edu/react/2018/10/17/why-online-privacy-matters/

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