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1984 and Privacy Concerns
Transcript of 1984 and Privacy Concerns
Orwell’s concerns about privacy and freedom expressed in his novel
have been manifested in the contemporary world as privacy laws limit personal freedom on the Internet, social media sites store information on their users, and recent social media activities raise ethics concerns.
Social concerns about privacy:
"teenagers revealing too much information about themselves online; children being exposed to pedophiles; teenagers being raped by people they meet on social networking sites; companies using the sites to collect marketing information ; and, children under the age of 14 using social networks".
Problems with Internet Privacy Laws and Possible Solutions
“Those who control the present, control the past and those who control the past control the future” (Orwell 35).
"CNN Story about Online Privacy." YouTube. YouTube. Web. 14 Jan. 2015.
CNN: Online Privacy Issues
and Privacy Concerns
"Fact Sheet 35: Social Networking Privacy: How to Be Safe, Secure and Social." Social
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June 2010. Web. 19 Dec. 2014.
Social Media cites build and store profiles of users for third-party sources to use by:
Social Media Saves Users' Information
Caplan, Art. "Is Your Doctor Spying on Your Tweets? Social Media Raises Medical Privacy
Questions." NBC News. 21 Oct. 2013. Web. 19 Dec. 2014.
There is an ongoing debate about the extent to which Social Media sites can be used to incriminate suspected convicts or verify honesty of medical patients.
Internet Ethics Concerns
"Solutions to protecting privacy in online social networking sites can be approached in three different ways —
social solutions, technical solutions, and legal solutions
Barnes, Susan B. "A privacy paradox: Social networking in the United States."First Monday
Tracking which websites a user has viewed.
Storing information associated with specific websites (such as items in a shopping cart).
Tracking movement from one website to another.
Building a profile around a user.
The Ability of Social Networks to Control User Activity Compared to the Government of Oceania
"The essential act of the Party is to use conscious deception while retaining the firmness of purpose that goes with complete honesty” (Orwell 215).
“The consequences of every act are included in the act itself” (Orwell 27).
“It is intolerable to us that an erroneous thought should exist anywhere in the world, however secret and powerless it may be” (Orwell 210).
While there is certainly a trend towards Internet users sharing more personal information on Social Media sites than in the past, privacy laws are capitalizing on the shift as they can profit off "more widespread sharing and availability of personal information".
Madden, Mary. "Privacy management on social media sites." Pew Internet Report (2012): 1-20.
"Right now there are no rules...to guide doctor-patient relationships over the Internet...we need to recalculate existing notions of medical privacy and confidentiality to fit an Internet world where there is not much of either."
In recent years, private companies have collected information from social media sites in order to perform research and gain new insights. While agreement contracts technically constitute informed consent for such studies. It raises the ethics question of whether further notification should be provided in advance of their commencement.
Jayson, Sharon. "Social Media Research Raises Privacy and Ethics Issues." USA Today.
"Big Brother is watching you" (Orwell 2).
In the contemporary world governments can deceive their people just as easily as Oceania with its people
When social networks keep information on their users they are controlling their past and present activity and posts. With the power they have they can also control future activity through privacy laws and restrictions.