With every scientific invention, There is always a light and dark side. But humans have always found a way to live with both. We keep inventing, learning and be in peace with what we create. But the equal and neutralizing laws and peacemakers seem to be too slow in the case of data collection and usage by corporate giants especially when they promise convenience and comfort. We overlook the critical element that we are giving our precious freedom of thought to another entity.
For me, It feels like history in repeat, like how Pre-colonial - India or China which was taken over parts by parts selling their freedom for opium, weapons, and false hope of security. We never learn that the cost of convenience always comes with the loss of liberty. But now, It is not the laws or taxes that we are trading but the power of choice and thought that is what makes it scary. When a ruler changes it only affects the way the subjects live. But when it affects your choice and thought, it is your being that is on sale.
How much do the services we use so carelessly know about us? How much do they change our decisions? We already know that they are powerful enough as the kingmakers! Sorry, the president makers. But are we still going to be oblivious to the fact that is right in front of our nose?
The regulations and laws regarding data privacy and security have not caught up to speed. Perhaps that because there is a very few who understand both law and technology to reason with the tech Giants and the lawmakers.
The loopholes in law and regulations are too big and too many right now. It will take a while for the gap to reduce and to fill the holes.
So it is not a change we can expect any time soon.
Rather than looking at the laws, it is time we look at ourselves and retrospect on what we have on sale here as consumers.
It is not that these tech giants are all that bad, it is their business model that hinges on the user data exploitation that makes them scary. It is high time that we have companies that deliver the same services but with business models that are more ethical than using others' data. As the awareness of data exploitation increase, I hope we will have more companies that will follow suit with Mozilla and DuckDuckGo. It is high time the industry and the consumers change.