On privacy and the cloud


Another day, another breach, this time of about 5 million gmail passwords. Last week hundreds of nude celebrity pics were stolen from allegedly stolen from iCloud (though Apple has denied that). A New York Times story claimed that hackers had stolen over a billion passwords. Yet, remarkably, nothing significant has changed. People are not demanding better security from online services, nor are they sharing less. People seem to have internalized what Sun Microsystems’ CEO Scott McNealy said over 15 years ago, “You have zero privacy anyway, get over it.”

Also, with an increasing move towards chatting and messaging over actual talking, it has become easier to store and process conversations. Nowadays, whenever someone online says something starting with ‘between you and me’, I silently add a ‘and Google’ to it. We willingly hand over an incredible amount of information to companies like Google and Apple every day. We almost always carry around a device that knows exactly where we are at every moment of the day and sends that information to be stored forever. It keeps tabs on what you are doing and who you’re communicating with. We even upload every pic we take into the cloud, risqué or otherwise.

There is an occasional murmur when things go what people consider a bit too far but then it all dies down and privacy standards are lowered a bit more.