Is Privacy Outdated in the Modern World?

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Sherry Turkle, a professor and psychologist at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology,  published her new book titled "Alone Together: Why We Expect More From Technology And Less From Each Other." She shares with the readers her point of view on the questions of privacy in the modern world.

The author claims that nowadays people, especially teenagers, don’t even know that they have a right to privacy. A lot of people just don’t worry about their privacy protection. They voluntary give out information about themselves on social networking sites or to numerous companies in exchange for some bonuses.

There is an opinion that such publicity is viable for democracy, but Sherry Turkle thinks that everybody needs to have “a certain amount of privacy in order to get their thoughts together, and they certainly need privacy in their e-mails.” Protecting internet privacy is of crucial importance, and the government should begin its defense with e-mail security.

Another of the author’s concerns are the social networking sites, where sensitive information is available for every user to see. Mark Zuckerberg, Facebook's CEO, said that privacy is not "a social norm" in modern society. On the one hand, Facebook allows to avoid providing information that can compromise the user, and everyone is always able to protect their account with privacy settings. But on the other hand, if you want to use some applications, for example, location based services, you have to reveal your private data.

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