Privacy Paradox – Prelude

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As a long time listener to the WNYC podcast, Note to Self, I often listen to the different challenges they present to their listeners. I’ve been reflecting on a number of challenges presented by the show’s host, Manoush, and am finally ready to dive into the Privacy Paradox. Maybe I’ll do some of the other challenges as well.

An extra layer to this paradox onion I’ve decided to add are brief blog posts for each day. Partly, this is to reflect on the activities, but also to clarify some of my thinking about what steps to take next. Who knows, maybe this will be a blogging series I actually complete. So here goes day 1.

Privacy Personality

The first task I’ve been assigned is listening to the introductory podcast episode and complete the Privacy Personality quiz.

The three personality types respondents could be include: believer, realist, and shrugger. My result: the “realist”.

As a Realist, you think about privacy, but often choose convenience over any hardline principle. You’d like the choice to opt-out or have more control over personal information but compromise is part of living in the digital age. You’re uncomfortable with the NSA’s tactics, but also understand that security sometimes comes at a price. As for the tech industry, yeah, capitalism has its flaws but until someone comes up with a better system, it’s pretty darn good.

Likely privacy steps taken: You can’t give up Google Docs or Instagram but think about deleting the Facebook Messenger app. You go on *unsubscribe me* binges and feel conflicted when you use an adblocker on a site you love. You absolutely have a passcode on your phone. Come on, you’re not a Luddite!

Probably post on social media: As a Realist, you have some regrets about the personal photos you used to post online. You’re irritated (pun intended) by seeing ads for skin salves after complaining on Facebook about rough winter skin. You ignore the ads anyway and would NEVER click on them.

(The Privacy Paradox Quiz)

Everytime I fill out a survey or quiz I get my nose a bit out of joint because I wonder if the way I’m responding is with a shared understanding the survey creator has for that item. Regardless there is some truth here. I think completing these tasks as a Canadian will put a bit of an odd spin on the results, we’ll see.

Tomorrow, the paradox continues.

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