Well put grahroll. Is FACEBOOK just the canary in the cage?
Facebook data is not the only issue here. We don’t truely know all who may be collecting our personal data?
Is It best to assume all online activities do in one form or another?
What is collected despite assurances is never truely secure or anonymised. IE stripped of all identifying data.
Simply put - Someone must be able to access the data that is kept otherwise it is of no use. You are trusting some one you know nothing about to do so.
Secondly all data needs some identifying elements eg gender, suburb, age, credit provider, concern, etc. Without context there is nothing to connect the data points. The data is meaningless and useless for analysis without.
Warning - “Technical Content”
It’s no surprise that the industry professionals who write for the IT publications sprout their knowledge of - TOR, VPN use, and sand boxing with Virtual Machines. All tools useful for getting around illegally on the web, but also great for secrecy and security. It’s also great to have the benefits of end to end encrypted and secure corporate email and data servers. Of course work will be keeping on eye on all your words and pics just to be sure you stay safe too!
As individual home users we too can access some of these tools. Choice’s advice on VPN providers is a good start. But not all of us consumers are that tech savvy or literate. (Ps I’m not inviting a reply now on how to.)
I’d hope though that end to end encryption and other privacy tools should be the minimum standard for any new device or service. Our current crop of politicians are behaving a bit like weeds in this direction, spruking privacy concerns while wanting access to encrypted data. They are choking the life out of the argument that individual privacy needs are fundamental.
I can’t delete my Facebook data, as like others I am faceless, (Ghost ID’s etc excepted).
I refused to register and use the photo and saving software that came with my Sony camera. It also has a facial recognition and tagging tool and web access options.
Did I register the camera warranty on line using the same software install? Perhaps only my name, address and who knows what else?
Anyway Apple already has all that and my credit card just to make my phone turn on! What does Apple do to all my data and ID when I get a new phone from someone else? (Nothing - it’s still all there for the one day I might come back.)
I’d like to think I have nothing to delete!
So far no one has suggested a reliable path to find all my faceless data and do so. Once data is retagged and stored in a secure system who knows what to ask or of whom.