Privacy and Anonymity

IB Definition:

"Privacy is the ability of individuals and groups to determine for themselves when, how and to what extent
information about themselves is shared with others. At its extreme, privacy becomes anonymity when, for
instance, a person uses it to conceal his or her true identity in order to cyber-bully someone else. Conversely,
excessive privacy could also conceal the perpetrators of criminal, terrorist or computer hacking acts from
law enforcement agencies."


Is Privacy Dead?

"Privacy is Dead - Get Over It"

A number of experts within the field of Internet security and privacy believe that privacy doesn't exist; "Privacy is dead - get over it" according to Steve Rambam, private investigator specializing in Internet privacy cases. On the other hand, in his essay The Value of Privacy, security expert Bruce Schneier says, "Privacy protects us from abuses by those in power, even if we're doing nothing wrong at the time of surveillance.

On the 8th January 2010, Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg told a live audience that if he were to create Facebook again today, user information would by default be public, not private as it was for years until the company changed dramatically in December. Now, your name, profile picture, gender, current city, networks, Friends List, and all the pages you subscribe to are publicly available information on Facebook. This means everyone on the web can see it; it is searchable. He claims: "People have really gotten comfortable not only sharing more information and different kinds, but more openly and with more people. That social norm is just something that's evolved over time.”

Below is the video of Zuckenberg's interview:

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