Governments’ violations of online privacy are sinister and worrying, but there may be more to fear from corporations’ use of private data to target consumers
Whether Internet users are aware of it or not, a good chunk of their personal and private information is sitting somewhere on the Internet. Like most “netizens”, I use Web services to share vacation photos, and social media to share thoughts on the latest government policies. I e-mail travel plans and itineraries, some of which contain passport and banking details.
Like most responsible netizens, I dial up my privacy settings on these platforms to a pretty high level, limiting my online pourings and photos to only those I intend them for.