Data Privacy: A Big Modern Day Concern
In this era of digitalisation, growth in technology has overwritten many of the standard and historical ways to manage and represent information in the form of digital data, rather than creating bundles of physical documents.
Data privacy is becoming more complex with time. It is the right of an individual to have control over how their data is being collected and used. Customers share their data on social media, e-commerce, and other applications and platforms to receive certain services. Companies are adopting several new ways for collecting, sharing and using this data simultaneously, with the rise of the data economy.
Nothing is free; downloading apps, using social media platforms like Instagram, Facebook or even using free email services like Gmail, data is the price we pay. Individuals’ data is continuously collected by these free sources as well. Visiting a website or using a browser to browse over the Internet means you are sharing data about yourself through cookies. An even more problematic threat is information being sold from one company to another without our consent.
About 3.5 billion people were robbed of their personal data in the last couple of decades alone. With all that being said, the rise of data encryption and real-time security monitoring has reduced many data privacy issues and provide some measure of relief.
About the Author: Raj Nishad is a First Year Computer Engineering student at RAIT.