(I start to ramble a bit so I made the questions bold format)
I just watched this https://www.ted.com/talks/glenn_greenwald_why_privacy_matters#t-395195
What can we do to try to push our US government to uphold our rights to privacy and 4th amendment? Google and the rest of the Tech companies, should be sued for violation of our rights to privacy.
Obviously, the rebuttal will be, “well if you don’t like google’s (or company X) policies, don’t use their products. No one is forcing you to use them.”
Except now days, we ARE nearly forced to use those products.
Take for example your resume and applying for jobs. Sometimes those jobs require a Word document of your resume (usually I get away with just making a pdf of it) so that’s an example of needing to use their products.
If I use protonmail as my email on my resume, it looks odd or you have the potential to be viewed as a privacy nut or up to no good. Or sometimes, if you use emails that aren’t outlook, gmail, yahoo etc, the employers email (probably one of those) could mark it as spam!
I can’t think of any other examples off the top of my head. But the point is, our society is becoming increasingly dependent on these companies and in some instances, if you give them up, you put yourself at a disadvantage. You are being asked to give up a right, so that you can maintain equal opportunity.
I’m all about the free market, but Google, MS, Facebook, Twitter, etc are problematic to say the least.
I cared about privacy before, but after watching that video, Stallman’s ways seem to look more and more appealing. Problem is, when you start digging into the guts of software to be vigilant of offenses of privacy, it’s over my head and I have a feeling that even if I understood it, it’s probably so deeply en grained in everything, that I’d have to crawl into a cave to escape it. What can I do to understand when software or hardware has the potential to violate my privacy? I don’t mean privacytools.io , I know what software, in general, to avoid, but I mean on a deeper level. Would I have to learn programming in order to be capable of being vigilant?