The problem is not that people are giving up personal information because they do not understand privacy. Rather, there are complex trade-offs being made to make life more bearableby Natalie Nzeyimana / December 20, 2018 / Leave a comment
Your friend has recently moved to Canada. Brexit was the last straw for them and they have upped and left. Realtime banter that once flowed freely is jilted and staggered by time zones. Email doesn’t quite do the trick. You want to know how they are without reading long essays. You need brief updates. Enter Instagram.
As you shuffle into your morning commute carriage, somewhere between an elbow and a shoulder, for a brief moment, you are in Vancouver. For a brief moment, the moving sardine can you are tightly packed into is inconsequential. Your commute is a little less lonely, because despite that elbow jabbing your ribcage, you know your friend is happy and having a whale of a time. There is joy; residual, voyeuristic, immersive joy, and thanks to Instagram, it is “free.”
The permission we give to technology companies to use our data for a set of defined uses is the price we “pay” for that joy. Instagram is owned by Facebook. Data collected by Instagram is data owned and stored by Facebook. You may have noticed how frequently Facebook has been in the news over the last year or so. Courts across several jurisdictions (mainly the US and Europe) are scrutinising how Facebook has decided to use, sell, a…