Many of us spend half of our time using some type of technological device. Whether it is a phone, a laptop, an iPad, or maybe all three, everyday we are utilizing devices and giving them more attention than they deserve. However, what we do not realize is that by using these devices we are giving out information that we don’t think we are giving out. When I say this I mean, for example, you are in Facebook, you like something, that data, which most people don’t know, is stored and then later sold off to other companies. Maybe you know this, but, unfortunately, many people do not. Many people believe that these large companies have their data but keep it private. In fact, many people are not sure why services like FaceBook are free. Many people believe that they can do whatever they please without worrying that other people are watching or that they will find out.
Many people trust these companies to store their data and make it visible only to them, the owner, and whoever the owner wishes to be able to see his/her privacy. Unfortunately, Yahoo, has been accused to have tracked a man’s email in Beijing. The man writes about politics anonymously. After finding the man’s email they gave it to the government authorities. The man was detained and is now serving a “10-year sentence for inciting subversion with his pro-democracy internet writings”. His wife believes that Yahoo should also be paying as they are not complying with human rights standards.
I agree. Beijing is not as acceptable to democracy as other countries and the right to freedom of speech, because if Beijing was acceptable to both of these things the man might not have posted journals anonymously. However, this should not be Yahoo’s problem. Yahoo should not be supporting the values and beliefs of Beijing, instead they should be promoting and establishing the “human world rights standards” that we all believe we have and that they say they believe in. Also, Yahoo has no business in aiding governments to find men/women who are not abiding by the law. Yahoo’s job, last time I remember, is to provide a substantial and confidential service to its customers. Yet, here we not only have one but multiple times that Yahoo is affiliated with cases like the one mentioned above, making people doubt Yahoo’s services. It’s even more sad that the CEO tried to deny any affiliation with cases like this one, and then it was revealed that they did in fact help track men/women like Mr. Wang.
It’s not ethical to promote promises and make consumers believe that their privacy is safe when in fact, it is not safe at all. It makes me think twice about what companies can I trust with my privacy. Yahoo should and should have been protecting every single one of their customers privacy disregarding of where they live. I believe if they keep getting into cases like the one mentioned above, Yahoo can potentially lose loyal customers and move to another service.
As a customer, I believe I have a set of standards when it comes to privacy. I believe when we sign up for Yahoo, Google, or other HUGE application/websites, we believe that our privacy and information is protected. But who knows, I want to believe that these companies really protect my privacy, but I am not sure anymore.