About Privacy

Imo the topic ‘Privacy’ is highly overrated.

Since years I find countless articles and endless discussions about privacy as well as articles drawing comparisons between companies you can create accounts with.

Sadly they are all worded in general terms.

That’s boring. Even if I ask people what it means for them that “Apple is great on privacy” and “Google’s business model is selling user data” they cannot give me any convincing evidence that there are negative effects on ones life.

If I’m on vacation in northern parts of Thailand or Germany when visiting my family Google probably knows where I am and where I’ve been. If I use Google’s search engine records on Google’s servers may show what I’m interested in.

And?

What are the implications on my life?

My experience: None known which had or could have an impact on my life.

So I ask all people mentioning privacy on and on why it’s a big thing in their eyes and worth talking about countless times.

Can anyone give me some good reasons why privacy is so important when using services from other companies than Apple?

Don’t misunderstand my post.

I’m not talking about security or data breaches done by hackers but privacy designed for normal usage of a service like Google Search and Maps, Online Banking, Amazon/Microsoft/Dropbox cloud, Facebook, WhatsApp, medical portals, etc.

The domain of privacy partially overlaps with security. Nearly all well-known companies offer 2-Factor Authentication which makes accounts secure. Privacy is either done by default (Apple) or can be achieved with more or less trustworthy settings (Google, Facebook).

Even if there are settings to restrict data transfer you never know what algorithms finally do with data. Only an intense knowledge of the programming code can show you what happens. After a software patch the algorithms can do things differently from what was found out before.

If Apple would sell information about the devices you own, what would happen to you personally? An answer please! Maybe you would get more personalized ad but compared to today’s websites with 10% content and 90% ad it wouldn’t really matter.

The majority of people seem to think like me. They use smart speakers, post photos of their family members on Facebook, and do a lot more with their data which is usually considered as private.

I would prefer if the discussion wouldn’t be about Google or Facebook but privacy breaches on servers of governments, authorities, companies providing energy and communication services, insurances, banks, and investment or other financial service providers which do have a direct impact on our lives.

Always mentioning Apple as the best company keeping your privacy is unrewarding. EU’s GDPR allows you to download what companies have stored about you. Just do it and you’ll see that it’s not worth talking about privacy regarding the peanuts Apple and Google have collected about you.

Related …

The biggest data breaches

List of data breaches

Notes …

Privacy Breach

A privacy breach is the loss of, unauthorized access to, or disclosure of, personal information. Some of the most common privacy breaches happen when personal information is stolen, lost or mistakenly shared. A privacy breach may also be a consequence of faulty business procedures or operational breakdowns.

In nearly all cases privacy breaches are made public.

Privacy Policy

A privacy policy is a statement or a legal document (in privacy law) that discloses some or all of the ways a party gathers, uses, discloses, and manages a customer or client’s data. It fulfills a legal requirement to protect a customer or client’s privacy. Personal information can be anything that can be used to identify an individual, not limited to the person’s name, address, date of birth, marital status, contact information, ID issue, and expiry date, financial records, credit information, medical history, where one travels, and intentions to acquire goods and services.

Without analyzing transferred data or knowing the algorithms handling user data it’s not possible to realize violations of policies. Software bugs may also lead to personal data disclosures.

Btw Apple, never tell me again that

“What happens on your iPhone, stays on your iPhone.”

Don’t make lies as an emotional sales argument.

Thanks for reading.