Most of you in Nepal are ignorant of the data trail you leave behind. This includes GPS data, phone records, credit card transactions, and a range of other crucial information. These data trails will be collected by service providers such as visiting websites, instant messaging services, and video sites. These personal data are collected, stored, transmitted, or sold to third parties without the user’s permission.
Internet privacy refers to the right to keep private sensitive data and information generated as a result of using the internet. Various individuals who have worked in software development, web firms, and large corporative megacorporations have viewed privacy as a crucial issue. People have a bad perception of Internet privacy. There are two sides to this; one is extremely anxious and protective of their data, while the other is unconcerned even if they are hacked.
Both perspectives are valid, yet they are also erroneous. It is the same in Nepal, where internet use is rapidly expanding.
Why are people afraid?
Social media has the ability to manipulate, influence, convince, and pressurize society, as well as govern the globe in both positive and harmful ways at times. People consume a lot of dystopian-themed media. It can be found in literature, television shows, and movies. These demonstrate people’s interest in society and what occurs when one entity wields too much control.
It is quite easy to go from cautious to paranoid. Individuals would be better described as ignorant. Because there is no appropriate culture for comprehending and learning about technology, the majority of society is uneducated. There are tools that can be used, but there is no learning system. As a result, many see any data collection from software as an infringement of privacy that could lead to something extremely hazardous.
People should not be fearful of corporations tracking them, and firms should be able to collect and sell your information. However, there should be stronger government supervision over how this is done in order to keep people safe and to ensure that sensitive information is not disclosed and is treated with care. People should be trained not to be unduly concerned about their data being tracked, but also about what data they should be concerned about.
Do all mobile applications collect data?
Too many applications collect personal information from users. These apps collect and retain information. Many applications track people’s behavior, location, and so on. However, because Facebook collects so much data, it suffers the brunt of it.
But how much of that data is detrimental, and how much is intrusive of privacy to the point where you should be concerned? A lot of information is collected on the apps you use, including but not limited to:
- Personal Information like name, address, phone number, email address
- Search history
- Your IP address
- What button you pressed
- What you bought
- What ads you have clicked on
- Bank account details
- Hobbies and interests
- Employment history
Although Facebook is not the only company that collects personal information, it is the most common offende
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In Nepal, how much concern is there of invasion of privacy? How much of it is genuine?