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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?

No, we should not abandon online privacy Show more Show less

Everybody needs to have the right to privacy. Just as people should have their private information protected in the real world, they should also have it protected on the internet.
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There are still ways to be private online

The idea of an online world where users can still have privacy is not a lost cause. There are organisations fighting for anonymity, and things we can do as individuals to take control over our private data. Therefore, we should not abandon online privacy.
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The Argument

The hope of maintaining privacy in the online world is not a lost cause, as there are still many ways society can remain anonymous in the modern digital age. The EFF (Electronic Frontier Foundation) are the most potent force in the world today protecting user’s privacy online. They are a leading non-profit who have been defending digital privacy for thirty years.[1] Furthermore, using a trustworthy, paid Virtual Private Network and, changing the VPN location frequently, helps to protect your personal information from attackers, especially when using public wifi-networks such as in coffee shops and libraries. Facebook is hopeless for privacy, and believed to be the worst online platform for data protection, so if users began deleting their accounts, this would keep their personal information much more protected. Do not use Google Chrome or Gmail, as Google collects user’s personal data. Wherever possible, do not post content under your real name to limit the amount of information that can be gathered, and traced back, to you. Furthermore, you must delete your old and unused accounts and websites to limit the amount of unnecessary information there is online about you. On your computer or device, disable location-based tracking, many users allow online platforms to have access to their locations, which is a disaster for data protection.[2] Therefore, there are still many ways society can have online privacy even in the modern digital age. There are many changes users will have to make to their internet usage, but in doing so, will protect so much of their personal data, so online privacy should not be abandoned.

Counter arguments

Many of these methods, which allow us to have a degree of privacy online, are too much of a hassle, and it will be impossible to get a large number of internet users to abandon using some sites and to download others. Facebook is easily the largest social networking site in the world and one of the most widely used apps, it would be impossible to get a large sum of people to delete accounts.[3] Furthermore, Google is still the most popular search engine, with very few alternative options which can compete with it, and many people would not pay for a VPN.[4]So many people would forget to, and not be able to find, old accounts to delete and are still going to turn on location tracking settings. Therefore, online privacy should be abandoned because it is impossible to get a large amount of internet users to follow these protective measures.

Premises

[P1] There are organisations which are fighting to protect online privacy, and there are many things we can do as individual internet users to protect our personal data. [P2] Therefore, online privacy should not be abandoned because there are still ways we can protect our personal information.

Rejecting the premises

[Rejecting P1] These measures are too much of a hassle. Most internet users are not going to follow these protective measures. [Rejecting P2] Therefore, online privacy should be abandoned.

References

  1. https://www.eff.org
  2. https://us.norton.com/internetsecurity-privacy-protecting-your-privacy-online.html
  3. https://ourworldindata.org/rise-of-social-media
  4. https://www.searchenginejournal.com/seo-101/meet-search-engines/

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