You are the product

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On the big free social-media sites, be aware that you are the product being sold. Your information is worth big money. So it’s become a common saying that if you’re not paying for it, you’re not the customer; you’re the product being sold./1

Twitter may soon exchange hands. Because it’s a big money maker? Because of the users’ data.

Suitors are said to be interested as much in the data that Twitter generates as its place as a media company. —via Twitter may soon get formal bid, suitors said to include Salesforce and Google

Privacy is a big issue today, for a reason. Christians should also be concerned with it. Thinking that we have nothing to hide does not mean that government, industry, and commercial enterprises cannot use data to a person’s harm. You might be refused medical treatment, for example, based on what is found out about your history and lifestyle.

I don’t have easy answers, other than abandoning modern society and living off the grid. But do be aware and be careful of what you share online.

What suggestions do you have for protecting privacy and avoiding exposure of one’s data?


1/ For a different view, see D. Powazek (excuse a couple bad words).

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