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Can We Live in a Smarter World without Giving Up our Privacy?

"You have zero privacy anyway. Get over it," said the then CEO of Sun Microsystems, Scott McNealy, in 1999. Two key things have happened on this topic in the 18 years since his, then shocking, comments; we have less privacy and we seem to have accepted it. To say that we have accepted it is not to say we are happy about it. In fact most people would say they are not happy with the low level of privacy in the digital world, but yet their actions say the opposite. How can someone complain about a lack of privacy while maintaining a facebook account, or act disgruntled about the probable content in a ‘terms and conditions’ document, then accept it without reading it. They may not be happy, but they got over it. In recent years the monitoring of our lives has been taken to new levels. Once just concerned about our social media, web-searches, […]

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