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PBS Off Book Series Looks at the State of Online Privacy

by Brandon Russell | July 27, 2013July 27, 2013 1:00 pm PST

Privacy threats have evolved over time, just as anything tends to do. First people were concerned with photography, and then the telephone, and then the possibility of one large corporation (Western Union is used as an example) collecting information without consent. That’s all come to a head with the growth of online culture, highlighted recently by the PRISM scandal.

In this day and age, privacy is a luxury that’s increasingly hard to come by, and people are understandably upset. If you own a smartphone, or spend any time on the Internet—these are just a few examples—you can basically kiss your privacy goodbye. That’s just the way it is, and it’ll remain that way going forward. But how did we get here?

PBS excellent Off Book series looks at the state of online privacy, and how the digital world has forever changed what is and isn’t shared through various Internet portals. As the video’s description explains, simply browsing the Web can reveal a lot about people—sometimes stuff they wouldn’t even share with friends and family. Scary. But it’s the world we live in.

Where do you stand on this debate? Have you resigned your privacy as a side effect of the online world? Or are you upset the NSA is collecting information about you without your consent?

Brandon Russell

Brandon Russell likes to rollerblade while listening to ACDC.