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There is no such thing as privacy anymore

["Walt's World with Walter Jones"]
Walt's World with Walter Jones

Walt's World with Walter Jones

Statistics Canada wanted to access people's bank accounts and there was a big protest.

Statistics Canada only turns information into figures. Individual names are not shared with anyone. It shares the figures with government and business, so they can make informed decisions.

People are big on protecting their privacy it seems. Or so they say.

I have news for you folks. There has been no privacy to protect since the Internet came online. It got worse when the cell phone stopped being a phone and became a hand-held device. It takes pictures, it can get you on the Internet and it can do a lot of other interesting things as well.

It is only limited to how much crap you want to install on it. Tthere are hundreds of apps, and they are in the most part free. Why do suppose that is? It may be because they can track what you are doing and sell that information or use it themselves.

Every time you use an apt you are giving up your privacy. Most people don't even read what they are allowing these apt providers to access. Your phones even have a GPS tracking device. Everywhere you go can be traced and the beauty of this is that you pay for the device that is giving up your privacy.

Nothing on the net is private and we post thousands of things on the net Google, Facebook, Twitter and so on. We make this all available, our choice.

Every time you use a credit card, it is sent over a network. we prefer to use a cell phone over a land line, but all cell phones can be hacked. Just ask Prince Charles. Every purchase you make on line is there to see. It is a simple matter to track your shopping habits.

In 1948, George Orwell wrote a science fiction book in which the government tracked everyone. He titled it 1984 and the government was called Big Brother. I read this book before 1984, before the Internet and I remember thinking it was a bit far-fetched. Well Big Brother is indeed watching and Orwell was not far-fetched. We can whoop and holler all we like about privacy; the fact is there is very little of it left to protect.

Perhaps that is why people are trying to pretend we actually have some to protect.

Walter Jones writes a column for the Amherst News.

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