I have spoken a bit about the controversy of having a ‘camera on every corner.’ In that post I talked about increasing instances of surveillance in the public domain, and how when we are in public we are constantly being watched; there are hardly any instances where what we are doing is truly private.
Ladar Levison, in a statement released by The Guardian, identified the US government’s misuse of the legal system as a key factor in the shut down of his company Lavabit.
With continuous digital advancements happening in the 21st century, users have to adjust to having their personal details float around on the internet and hope that the information they entrusted to these companies is secure. My security is no longer a personal issue but that of the company (probably –ies) that I gave it to. So much for private but good to know that soon enough I can hold a company liable if my privacy is breached because POPI has my back!
Every time I use the internet, I sit there paranoid thinking...they could be watching me; the five eyes are watching me! Scary thoughts ran through my mind after attending a seminar at my university (Rhodes University) about Cyber Security and Digital Surveillance by guest lecturer Mindy McAdams. I kept questioning how ‘safe’ I am on the internet. Apparently those of us who care are a minority.