According to a survey commissioned by Radware, a cybersecurity company, 20% of the Millennials (ages 18 – 34) surveyed said they would rather have the government be able to see their phone data than their significant other (SO). The article then asks an interesting question as a result of this finding, “Are Millennials simply resigned to the fact that privacy in the digital age is a thing of the past? Are they just accustomed to everything about them being ‘out there’?”
Or, could this sentiment be due to the fact that Millennials have grown up entirely in the digital age and have posted every aspect of their daily lives for as long as they can remember? That is a more hopeful outlook as opposed to being resigned to having no privacy.
Certainly the regular parade in the news of data breaches, hacks, exploits, and other stories where bad actors make off with the personal data of millions might give some people the sense that there is no stopping the snooping.
The good news is that the majority of respondents, 89%, said they did not want some far-removed agency to see what is on their phone. As to the 20% who are okay with their data being “Hoovered” up (an old slang term – Hoover is an American vacuum cleaner from years ago and it sucks up all the data it can find) maybe with age, they will come to recognize the value of privacy and freedom of expression and change their outlook. You know the old expression, “With age comes wisdom,” or one of my favorites from Mark Twain,
“When I was a boy of fourteen, my father was so ignorant I could hardly stand to have the old man around. But when I got to be twenty-one, I was astonished at how much the old man had learned in seven years.”
We’ll see what develops over the coming years. One thing is for certain, the bad actors are not going to stop hacking and stealing all the data they can so that means we all need to be careful when we are online, even if just to share some family photos. Always remember, don’t click those embedded links or download/open attachments unless you are expecting them.
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