Friday, October 11, 2013

Quis custodiet ipsos custodes?

We live a life fully dependent on IT services like Hotmail, Facebook, Google, Yahoo, you name it.
They have our names, photos, videos, and addresses. They know our moods and our crushes. They know our hobbies, political views, and preferences. Our histories, what we search for, what we think about, … simply they know our lives.
When you send your friend your CV, when you backup your photos on the cloud, when you sneak on an old girlfriends facebook profile, when you search the web for ideas in your back mind, all is stored somewhere.

We trust these names as we rush to share our personal information, or to hide our data. But shouldn’t we ask the question WHAT IF?

What if their data is hacked and exposed, what if a government law is out that obliges them to share such data. What if they do actually share them with governments or worse with whoever pays $$$

I don’t want to imagine what will happen should something as such occur.  Let us hope all such data is well guarded there. Still as we get more and more dependent on such services we will always be asking: 

Who guards the guardians?: Quis custodiet ipsos custodes?

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