Online privacy is dead

Ready to hear you’re naked? 
Yes, you’ve got some clothes on you, but the simple fact that you’re online translates into a block of data very useful not only for big sellers, but even for simple bloggers.
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While you’re reading this post, I'm able to see you’re reading this exact post, the city you are located in, the language you speak, if you’re using a mobile, a tablet or a pc, and how you landed on my blog… maybe you googled something and got here or you bumped into a Facebook post and clicked on the link. The only detail I won’t be able to see is your name. But big businesses will! They got money, they got paid softwares, so they’ll definitely know everything about you: from interests to pages visited on their website and buttons clicked.

We’re living in the era of such an intelligent technology, we don’t even acknowledge. 

While you continue to scroll down, I can record your movements on this page since the very first moment you opened this page. A simple online tool can help me understand, for example, when my article gets boring. If you read half of this post and then exit the page, most probably is 'cause you got annoyed, right?

Privacy seems to have no place in the era of the Internet. 

Remember I said I won’t be able to know your name? That’s not good news for you, anyway. Businesses that afford to pay for a good CRM software (Customer Relationship Management) will be able to track your every single interaction you had with their website, since the very first one. Then, the moment you will subscribe to their newsletter or give them your email adress in any other way, all your previous interactions with their website will be attributed to your name and email. Is this not what you expected?

Now, let me clarify you a last point.

Has it ever happened to you to open an e-shop like Amazon, search something you’re interested in, and then immediately after that see ads promoting those products either on Facebook or other websites?

I guess, it happens always, unless you use AdBlock! That’s called remarketing and it works very simply. You’re automatically dropped into the list of visitors of a certain page. So, when you continue to browse the Internet, you’ll be reminded about the products you looked earlier at. Maybe you change your mind and you’ll buy them. But what if you made a purchase already? Most probably, you’ll be suggested other products that may interest you.

Wait wait, curious reader!

If you’re using Facebook, you can’t miss this!
Did you know there is a special section where you can see what are your interests and details identified by Facebook, based on your behaviour? This information is used to personalise the ads shown to you!

So, I learnt that Facebook added me to the list of people: “Away from family”, “Away from home town”, “Close friend of expats” and many more. Everything is perfectly defined! I was born in Moldova, my family lives in Czech Republic, I live in Italy and I have lots of expat friends.

Yes, I know you want to see to which categories Facebook assigns you to, so I’m here to help.  See the article below for instructions, it’s super easy!

19 comments:

  1. Totally agree! We live in a world now where theres no such thing as privacy due to modern technology.

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  2. It is really so scary, the more I read and learn about how we have NO online privacy...

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  3. This is so true. When you think about it, it kind of freaks me out!

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  4. Wow. You took the thoughts right out of my head. My friend and I were having this conversation last week. It's so sad that there is no online privacy!

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  5. Very neat, this promotes awareness and how ads work. Though I hope people don't feel too overwhelmed with the idea, there's always security to back things up, you just have to find it, understand it and implement it.

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  6. There are eyes everywhere. Some of the data collected is good in instances but not every where. We just need to be careful what we do. Lol, I did read your whole article (just in case the data was wrong on your end).

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  7. Yep. That is the way it is now. It is a new era of simply resolving to be seen and known.

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  8. This is so true and we have to be careful with the things we share. We have to remember that everything goes to the cloud.

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  9. I immediately wanted to hide under a blanket! We're in an age where it's nearly impossible to stay offline, but we're so vulnerable at the same time.

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  10. I agree, privacy on the internet is so sparse (if even existent at all) these days. We really need to be super careful with the things that we do online every day.

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  11. It is really frightening and irritating, but at the same time I can't help but be in awe of the technology involved.

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  12. One of my uni teachers once told us that if you post something online, no matter how private you think it is, you've made it yourself public. Because internet is public. Sure, marketing these days is all about big data and you have to accept it if you want to use the internet.

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  13. The rate technology expands is so scary to me but at the same time absolutely fascinating! In a world where everything is online these days, there really is nowhere to hide!

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  14. I am always a little creeped out by how much online data there is gathered on me, but what really weird me out is when people stalk me online to "try to get to know me better". Even though it is always in the back of my mind, I need the internet, lol.

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  15. Yes this day and age its hard to keep anything private online. We must make sure to take the extra precautions to keep yourself safe.

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  16. We really have to be careful with the things we share. We should think on what we post o social media.

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  17. that is true privacy is dead and it sucks that the world is like that now. But all we can do is be cautious of what we put out there

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  18. This is the age of globalisation.....I personally agree that privacy is crucial...bcoz nothing is private in online world.

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  19. Its scary to think how we dont have any privacy online anymore, its terrifying to imagine what data the web has stored from us

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