Why Privacy Matters

Why Privacy Matters

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Surveillance cameras, Quevaal, CC BY-SA 3.0.
I have been giving privacy some thought over the last few weeks. Steemit, has been a great platform to share my ideas with the world, and with all it's beautiful features, it has one major flaw. Privacy

Follow me down the rabbit hole for a discussion on privacy. Why it matters! And what I am doing about it.

Public Space


Blockchains are a public space. Anything and everything placed on a blockchain is equivalent to having what you say and do displayed on a 50 foot billboard on the busiest street in town.
This is not always a bad thing. For public discourse a blockchain allows for everyone to see what is being said, having what is said be unchangeable and having robust features against censor. When communicating about issues, this is a great in the open way to discuss it.

Private Space


Private space includes the conversations you have with your loved ones. The subtle arguments that subject you to the inner most thoughts of those you care about. The pictures you share of a silly face, a sexy pose, a moment of sadness. Social communication with those we love is part of Human nature. These conversations are meant to be private. Only shared with those that care about you and are not willing betray you for a financial gain, or a few 'likes' in a public space.

Current State of Social Networks, Text Messaging, Video & Voice Chat


Rumors of the social media giants conducting experiments on their users. Whispers of targetted ad campaigns on specific keywords overheard by your phones, 'environment awareness'. Government and Law Enforcement casting a wide net and collecting all conversations in the hope of catching someone doing what is considered 'wrong' in a place or time.
All of these things are happening now. You are your own worse enemy! You have been providing yourself as a source of income for far too long. In 2017, your online ad profile knows as much about your interest, lies and secrets then your loved ones. Your chat messages are mined for potential interest in a brand of soap, a new electronic toy and even potential medical issues. Your emails, phone calls and social media post are collected to determine market sentiment.
We have become cattle.

What can you do


Your first step in privacy is understanding why it is needed. Here are 10 Reasons why Privacy is important:

  1. Limit on Power
  2. Respect for Individuals
  3. Reputation Management
  4. Maintaining Appropriate Social Boundaries
  5. Trust
  6. Control Over One’s Life
  7. Freedom of Thought and Speech
  8. Freedom of Social and Political Activities
  9. Ability to Change and Have Second Chances
  10. Not Having to Explain or Justify Oneself
    Source: https://www.teachprivacy.com/10-reasons-privacy-matters/

Please check out the source for an great discussion of each of Professor Daniel J. Solove points.

The next step


Understand what you are posting and how it is being used. If you are creating a 'persona' to share with the world. Understand that what you share including pictures, style of writing, sound of your voice can all be used to identify you. With the rise in machine learning algorithms huge data sets can now be mined for just about anything. If you are posting on a public space, or communicating on your phone. Ask yourself, would I be ok if this conversation was shared with the world?

Do not fear! 'Fear is the mind killer', it stops you from acting, it stops you from sharing your honest opinion.
Take action and start protecting yourself. Google has a great privacy check-up that helps enlighten you on the data they keep. You are the product that google is selling, don't forget.

What am I doing to help?


After much thought and conversations with those I love, I have come to the conclusion that a privacy first tools is needed. I am developing an application called 'Breeze Chat'.

https://breeze.chat is a project with the goal of creating a p2p messaging system that utilizes the blockchain for identity and peer brokering. I have opened it up to the community to help fund the development of the system and so far have raised over 12,000 usd to develop the platform.

Breeze is a private social platform to communicate with the people you care about. It has an integrated payment platform and security provided by the NEM blockchain
Everything is stored locally on your device and the person you chat with. No company servers, and no 3rd parties to see your chat, pictures or video. What you do with the platform is your business, not a company trying to turn you into a product and sell your data.

So, I apologize that I have been absent from my Steemit page. I sincerely hope that you will share some feedback on this project and help me build something that will change the world in that small way.

You are all in my thoughts.
Captain Nemo

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Count me in!

nice post!

RIP Privacy.

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I am looking forward to your app being released, you bet your bottom dollar I'll be the first to use it. Isn't it ironic we value our privacy so much yet we are so glued to the technology that invades it shamelessly?

Glad to see you're back :)
Lovely day to you!

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As social animals we love to share and get reinforcement from others. It has just been turned into a cash cow by industry. Thank you for reading!

This is a funny anecdotal tangent that relates to this issue: there seems to be no privacy, until you suddenly want video. Then you can hardly ever find it.

Specifically, I mean in the context of criminal defense. I'm always looking for video footage which might exonerate a client, and so often, there just aren't any cameras.

Not to say there hasn't been an erosion of privacy in recent years. Just a funny observation that when you need that, you can't get it.

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Much of it is that there is no standard in video security. Some places allow you to record it and save, but many are on a 24 hour erase cycle. Also up until this past few years video quality was horrible. I think this will change in the future as 1 or 2 cloud service providers will keep it all. An example of this are the 'Red Light' camera's in the USA atm. Almost every city in the usa has these camera's on the entrances to the city. This data is stored in a phoenix, az companies server and can be used by LE from what I hear on the grapevine.

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You're absolutely right - the proprietary nature of modern video cameras and security cameras is an ongoing problem for me. Even when you can find videos, end users are not familiar enough with their particular systemto even include the right video player - so it turns into an intense online search for some video player - any video player - that can actually play the content.

Really hope it goes well. With Trump's reversal on Net neutrality. We may just need a lot more peer to peer tools.
Good job.

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The community will need to educate people on why there are benefits to using these type of apps. Some people use the arguments that if you are doing nothing wrong, you shouldn't worry about privacy. They don't realize that today their thoughts and beliefs are accepted, what happens if the public opinion changes and the fact that you talked about drinking 10 years ago keeps you from getting a job.
Thanks for the support!

That is great man. Glade you found some founding for this project. I just hope you don’t live in the USA (oh never mind I’ve checked) Well expect them to root your system and backdoor the application…. I’d pay close attention if you have to order any hardware like a laptop if it gets held up in shipping.