6 Ways We Gave Up Our Privacy

6 Ways We Gave Up Our Privacy: Privacy has long been seen as a basic, sacred right. But in the Web 2.0 world, where the average user is addicted to Google apps, GPS devices, their BlackBerry or iPhone, and such social networking sites as Facebook and Twitter, that right is slowly and willingly being chipped away. In fact, some security experts believe it's gone already.

Adding to this sobering reality is that public and private entities have a growing array of tools to track our movements, habits and choices. RFID tags are on more of the items we take for granted. Those discount cards you use at the grocery store offer companies an excellent snapshot of the choices you make. And in the post 9-11 world, the government has greatly expanded its power to spy on you with such laws as The Patriot Act.

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But some things

it's your choice to give up your privacy, if you want to use Facebook, or an app on a phone, or even a phone you are making that choice. Same with credit cards etc, use cash. I know it's not as simple as that these days but many of these things are indeed up to us, noone is making us use certain websites for example.

not if you want to keep your job, or get a new one

how many job interviews will ask if you participate in social networking? maybe you need that FB account to show you keep up with tech/media. I've seen stories where applicants would be denied if they don't have at least 1,000 Twitter followers.
so, No, the freedom to ignore the Internet is gone, so giving up your privacy is not a choice any longer. it's only the degrees to which you forfeit it that you can control (somewhat).

If you are going for a job

If you are going for a job that requires something like that then you've already made your decision that your online privacy isn't so important.

you mean, "librarian"

I am not required to have social networking accounts, but I expect it looks better on my CV if I need to move on. So I guess librarians are expected to give up some of our privacy.

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