What Is Private Anymore? My Take on the Erosion of Privacy in a Tech-Driven World
Author: Ken Cox
As I sat in my therapist’s office recently, surrounded by devices capable of data collection, a pressing question loomed in my mind: What is private anymore? Do we even have an expectation of privacy in spaces like a therapist’s office? My answer is a resounding yes. But in today’s world, this fundamental right is being eroded, subtly yet significantly.
My life journey, marked by overcoming personal and professional challenges, has made me acutely aware of the value of privacy. From my youth in a low-income neighborhood to my battles with alcoholism, and my eventual triumph as a business leader and boxing enthusiast, every step has taught me the importance of safeguarding what is personal and private. These experiences have shaped my perspective on the sanctity of our personal spaces and information.
In a society that values capitalism and freedom of choice, I stand strong in my belief that people need to be empowered with information they can understand before they can make reasonable choices. The complexity and inaccessibility of legal documents, the disregard for privacy by others, and the simple desire to use convenient services like GPS should not equate to a loss of our privacy rights. Yet, that seems to be the predicament we find ourselves in today.
My experiences, both in and out of the ring, have taught me the value of being informed and prepared. Just as a boxer studies their opponent and understands their tactics, users need to understand how their data is being used, stored, and potentially exploited. PPGS empowers users to make informed decisions about their digital interactions, reinstating a sense of control and choice.
In today’s digital landscape, where devices and apps have become integral to our daily lives, the notion of privacy has become more complex than ever. It’s no longer just about what we choose to share publicly; it’s about the invisible trails of data we leave behind – data that paints a detailed picture of our lives, habits, and preferences.
My call to action is simple yet profound: We must not passively accept the erosion of our privacy. We need to actively seek understanding and transparency. Tools like PPGS are a step in the right direction, but they are just the beginning. It’s time for a collective awakening to the importance of privacy in our digital age.
As I share this message on social media and through my blog, I invite you to join me in this vital conversation. Let’s champion the cause of digital privacy, not just as a right but as a cornerstone of our freedom and dignity in the modern world.