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Everybody who uses a smartphone or a tablet and has downloaded apps, has exchanged personal data. The average user – which is most of us – will not know where their data is processed or even what data has been collected. The regulators are doing all that they can to tighten up the regulation but the reality is they will always be a few steps behind. There are now so many headlines of security breaches that it would appear it has numbed a users’ concept of the severity of these breaches.
We, the current generation of professionals still remember a time before everything could be done online - before Facebook and Twitter and Snapchat. And it is this generation that is fighting to ingrain information security and privacy in virtually everything that we do and use. This is because we know what it is like not to have our data or identity stolen by a faceless criminal on the other side of the world. We know what it's like to be able to control who we pass our personal data to and…
As a society we are fast approaching a world where everything is connected, our lives will potentially be logged at an infinite level. Connected fridges and cars are the just the first steps toward my shirts having sensors and notifying my tailor that my shirt has been through 50 washes at 40 degrees and has been worn 49 times in average temperatures of 12 degrees Celsius. Therefore he should start tailoring a new shirt for me now because my current shirt is going to show wear and tear in three weeks time. At which point I will come in for a new shirt.
Is it only a matter of time before implanting chips into humans is the norm? The level of data that can be collected from that could be astronomical. There are advantages to this also, my doctor could predict any potential illness and can help me prevent it through lifestyle change or medication. However the thought of having everything connected, with all manner of data being collected and an infinite number decisions being made based on the analytics of that data - That is a scary thought,…
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