About your privacy
Friday, February 03, 2012
Well, remember that time when I said that I will write about how to protect your privacy?
I haven't forget about it yet.
But here's the thing. After a rather extensive research, I feel contradicted and cornered in this issue. Due to the online policies rapidly changing, I'm unable to give you a definitive answer at the moment.
It will be effective on 1st March, 2012.
If you don't care about your online safety and just want to get the gist of it, here's what it means. Basically, if you use any Google products, or signed into your Google accounts when you use other services, they have the right to collect all your data and sync it across all their services.
So for example, if I use Blogger, Youtube, Google search, Picasa, Gmail, Google Docs (just to list a few), they have the right to use all your data collected to generate advertisements suited for your needs.
Of course, it seem like a good thing at the moment, but what does it really mean?
It means that now, a third party company has a complete portfolio of you. Google can guess your age group, your gender, your interest, and your browsing habits, everything you do online is potentially monitored by them.
Facebook will also be reviewing their policy pretty soon. At least that's what I think will happen, there are many many internal changes due to the uproar going on with SOPA, PIPA, ACTA.
So I have a rather good grasp of the laws at hand, I have a good idea of how to protect your internet traffic. Why am I still conflicted? Continue for the explanation.
There's this thing called blending in with the crowd. Even though whatever you do is being monitored. It's not like you're a valuable target online. You're not a bank, you're not a huge cooperation, you're not a rich nor famous. Why would anyone care?
Basically you're just like the poultry in the farms, your data is valuable only on a large scale. So they wouldn't care who you REALLY are.
They probably also wouldn't use it for unlawful things. It's not that bad, the bad part is your ISP who is able to see through all your traffic. Because Google can't tell what you're downloading (unless you're using their DNS servers), but your ISP definitely knows what you're downloading, and whether it's legal or not.
Now, due to ACTA, they now can legally monitor your downloads, so if you infringed upon some copyright shit, you're screwed.
But if you encrypt your traffic, they probably couldn't see what you're downloading even if they wanted to. Here's the catch, if you do that, wouldn't you look suspicious compared to the rest of the traffic? And in Singapore, there's this law called the
Computer Misuse Act
The police have the legal right to seize all your electronic properties if they suspect you to be doing some illegal activity related to hacking. (yes nothing to do with media). But if they did that and find downloaded stuffs you shouldn't be having, you could potentially still be charged for it. And nothing screams SUSPICIOUS more than a person trying to be anonymous, giving fake names and using encrypted internet connection.
So well, I'm stuck. I can't find a foolproof way to counter act this stupid situation that we're facing.
I will continue to find a way out of this crazy fucked up mess we're facing. Well, that's all I have to say for now, and again,
Stay safe my minions~