So, another day gone. I just happened to fill up another couple lot of online forms for some website, providing them with my email address and in some cases my Facebook ID. For an average Internet user filling up these forms or “signing up” using a Facebook ID (or in some cases an “Open Id“), maybe just another added up minutes until one finally gets the personalised feature on one’s favourite web site. However, ask anyone signing up into these pages and you will get an answer that no one is actually sure how or where is this personal information going to be used.
So, lets dig a bit deeper into this, shall we?
The World Wide Web (read the Internet) was created by people who loved sharing information. As a result this huge network of devices and people from all over the planet came into existence. Beginning in the later half of the previous century this phenomenal existence of the human beings provided them with a much sought after virtual ground where one could anonymously express one’s opinion or simply be a part of the Web revolution. For some years though this was the scene, but with the rise of companies that sought “to improve user experience” on the web, the marathon to seek user’s personal information had just started. This altogether had a different impact on the Open Web the people intended to have. Unlike what the makers though there came in several new problems like “phishing”, and “spam” or in some cases companies or governments feeding on the user’s personal information. Then the consequence of this saw people having “privacy” filters and in some cases using Internet Services under pseudonyms.
In what seems to be a shot at the British Surveillance, British Director David Bond made a documentary and published an article on government surveillance and the use of personal information. Although Bond’s attempt have raised some eyebrow’s the picture regarding the use of personal information, be it in the form of marketing/advertisement or government surveillance, the bigger picture is still pretty unclear.
Presently South Korea has a law that makes people use Internet services under “Real Names”. With such laws coming together and the governments worldwide trying to portray a Big Brother like role in the Internet, the proper use of personal information on the web still seems a long a way to go.