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Will We Accept Our Privacy Loss or has the Techlash Begun?

(This article originally appeared in The Guardian, 02 Feb 2020.)

Not so long ago we searched Google. Now we seem quite happy to let Google search us.

Probably too late to ask, but was the past year the moment we lost our technological innocence? The Alexa in the corner of the kitchen monitoring your every word? The location-betraying device in your pocket? The dozen trackers on that web page you just opened? The thought that a 5G network could, in some hazily understood way, be hardwired back to Beijing? The spooky use of live facial recognition on CCTV cameras across London.

With privacy there have been so many landmarks in the past 12 months. The $5bn Federal Trade Commission fine on Facebook to settle the Cambridge Analytica scandal? The accidental exposure of a mind-blowing 1.2 billion people’s details from two data enrichment companies? Up to 50m medical records spilled?



February 02, 2020

Alan Rusbridger
WATATAWA Senior Adviser