- Privacy and personal data on the internet
- Are we all under surveillance?
Are we all under surveillance?
How do privacy and personal data differ? Marketing surveillance – if it's free, you're the product! Government surveillance: domestic eavesdropping to blanket surveillance. Private lives falling victim to new kinds of interpersonal surveillance
There is a tendency to blur the line between a right to privacy and personal data protection, but these two rather recent concepts do not necessarily cover the same issues.
"Do you have your store card?" "Give us your email address to receive special offers"… We are routinely solicited to hand out our personal data in the interest of enriching a company's marketing campaign. While this somewhat voluntary data collection serves to keep enhancing service customization, it is part of complex and enigmatic marketing surveillance system.
The NSA scandal scrutinized government surveillance of telephone calls and online activity, but it is happening within a loose legal framework.
What if the very nature of surveillance had changed without us knowing? Indeed, the widespread boom of social networks and smartphones that are constantly collecting our digital tracks has opened the door for new types of surveillance where everyone is both the target and the observer.
Illustration : Electronic_Frontier_Foundation surveillance camera 1 via Flickr Licence CC