Privacy Matters

Why should I care?
I have nothing to hide. Why should I care about my privacy?

Much like the right to interracial marriage, woman's suffrage, freedom of speech, and many others, we didn't always have the right to privacy. In several dictatorships, many still don't. Generations before ours fought for our right to privacy. Privacy is a human right inherent to all of us, that we are entitled to without discrimination.

You shouldn't confuse privacy with secrecy. We know what happens in the bathroom, but you still close the door. That's because you want privacy, not secrecy. Everyone has something to hide, privacy is something that makes you human.

~ text from Privacy Guides.

Threat model

1. What do I want to protect?

My personal information, my data, all things I do online as much as possible.

2. Who do I want to protect it from?

The large tech companies, the government and, people who would like to do me wrong.

3. How likely is it that I will need to protect it?

In the past, a "stalker" has been using my information and data to attempt to blackmail me or use my information to pretend to be me, including the way I speak to people online because he was jealous of me.

Recently large tech companies have gotten more powerful, generating more and more revenue from mine or your data. I certainly wouldn't work for free my entire life. Why would you give away your data for free?

More and more online services have gotten hacked or data has been leaked. Generally, these things happen with known companies such as Facebook. Information is then being sold on the dark web and used against you afterward.

The government uses the excuse that it is for the better interests of the people, for our safety against terrorists and others. I don't like it when someone is watching over my shoulder when I do something in real life, for example, school or work. So I dislike it when it's done without me knowing it at all.

People tend to use your past against you. I want to keep the past more private than the present. Keep things in the past and leave them there. We all make mistakes in life. We learn from them and grow to be better people. Don't let the past drag you down or be used against you.

4. How bad are the consequences if I fail?

I don't like the idea of being used in general. Whether it is my physical body in real life or my online data. So that others gain a benefit or profit out of it without giving anything in return. Also the possibility of losing family and friends or even a job if someone tries to blackmail me using my data.

I don't want to be dragged down, back to my past where mistakes have been made. I have learned from it and moved forward, the way of life.

Life is not a prison where guards have to keep a constant eye on you. Freedom.

In the end, privacy is a human right and, I wish to protect my rights.

5. How much trouble am I willing to go through to try to prevent potential consequences?

As much as possible, it is also interesting that there are different options you can take or make to gain more privacy even if you might lose contact with certain people. 

I don't want to sacrifice most of my privacy or even security for convenience. Just because people don't know better, why would I lower myself to the standards of society who are clueless?