What's the right word to describe voluntarily surrendering personal and private information that could be used about or against one? The rather old fashioned word wiretapping continues to be used against 3rd party interventions -- when 3rd parties tap into phone or internet conversations to gain privileged information.
Donald Trump has raised the specter of wiretapping as something done to him although his allegations are often unfounded, floundering and meeting with denial.
Would a word like "open line" best describe the willingness of ordinary citizens to expose their private conversations and information to the online world listening in. Online users who are interested have learned that privacy settings offer limited protection of one's privacy. I might find my picture advertising a product that I have not endorsed or given permission to be used in this manner. Yet, it's happening online daily.
Posting personal pictures is common place on Instagram and Facebook. If I go on Pinterest and reveal objects and products I like, I've also contributed to consumer profiling. In a world where images and information circulates is there any way to slow down or stop this movement that builds from and encourages invasion of privacy?
We're not government officials or folks with high security clearance due to our state level knowledge, so why are we focusing on this and why does it matter? We need to begin to think about protecting personal private information as critical activism. It's difficult to stop the wave that's washing over us and that carries along with it many personal details we would have thought we own.
How not to be maneuvered and how not to participate is the area of strategising that is difficult and most needed.
Telling people not to use technologies that they have come to rely upon is bound to be unpopular or unattractive. Many of us use our cellphones like breathing. To turn them off or leave them at home is like a personal failure. There's a challenge here which is to spread enthusiasm for asking questions about how much we rely on personal information and communication devices. Do I have to have my phone with me all the time? Should I check my messages every few minutes? We are not talking about concentration levels and mental health in a balanced life, we are talking about staying safe in a world where our moves are under surveillance and possibly measured.
We don't want to be a walking demographic - how do we bust out of this positioning?