Deep Tech Thought 2: Internet Security

In the New York Times article “The Latest Data Privacy Debacle”, Tufeki talks about a fitness app called Strava. Strarva has a global heat map that shows where users are. The problem with this though is that many military personnel are users of this app which is causing military bases and airstrips to become visible to the public. Many military bases and airstrips are not known to the public for security purposes for the country. It is important to have unknown bases and military locations for enemy countries to not have access to this information and vulnerability. This is a dangerous situation that the US is in right now and should be taken care of quickly by the Strava app administration.

The leaking of social media users data is wrong and is the responsibility of the app or network to keep this information private. When users make an account whether its for Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, etc, they assume that when they put their profile on certain privacy settings it will be private.

“The data analytics firm that worked with Donald Trump’s election team and the winning Brexit campaign harvested millions of Facebook profiles of US voters, in one of the tech giant’s biggest ever data breaches, and used them to build a powerful software program to predict and influence choices at the ballot box.” said Cambridge Analytica Files. If these Facebook profiles of US voters had known that their profiles would be used for a software program it would have been different. Many things technological come down to consent and whether or not you give a company or program consent to use your personal data. Campaign and voting statistics are very important for governmental information and for campaign research but it is important to get consent from the voters for their information.

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