The year 2011 may have it’s perks of advance technology, but is it worth sacrificing your privacy? Walker stated that, “There is simply no telling how much long-term control we are giving up over our digital reputations in these still-early days of the Web.” With the wide range of technology today, anyone from anywhere can virtually track your every move, whether it’s through a cell phone, car, or credit card. The biggest hot-spot for tracking would be through a computer.
Computers are able to doing anything you want it to do nowadays. Shopping, books, friends, and news are all a click away. Going from one website to another leaves a trail of cookies and history (Clearinghouse). If anyone were to hack or come across your computer, they would be able to see what you’ve viewed since the time you bought your computer or the last time you deleted your history.
The history stored on the computer isn’t the only thing that keeps track though. Search engines are able to keep track of what you’ve searched before, especially Google. Google stores information about you that you may not know about. For all searches it records the cookies, IP address, time and date, search terms, browser configuration, and any information you and keeps the information indefinitely (Cleland). Google is nearly a partner with every website, virtually making it a monopoly. Even Youtube is a part of Google. This enables it to be able to cross-reference any of the sites you visit (Cleland). This makes Google the Big Brother of 2011.
Similar to the Big Brother of George Orwell’s 1984, Google can watch your every move. However, Google does it quietly and secretively with a watchful eye while citizens of 1984 know they are constantly being monitored by Big Brother. Big Brother is more than likely jealous of Google’s ability to be accepted into everyone’s daily life. Orwell was definitely correct when predicting a bigger force looming over everyone. Yet, he would be flabbergasted to see how widely accepted the Big Brother of 2011 is and how it’s actually watching everyone.
Privacy does not exist in Big Brother’s eyes nor Google’s. Google’s actually watching you now.
Clearinghouse. “Fact Sheet 18: Online Privacy: Using Internet Safely.” Privacy Rights Clearinghouse: Empowering Consumers. Protecting Privacy. Web. Mar. 2011. <http://www.privacyrights.org/fs/fs18-cyb.htm>.
Cleland, Scott. “What Private Information Google Collects.” Web. 24 May 2010. <http://googlemonitor.com/wp-content/uploads/2010/05/Google%20Privacy%20Fact%20Sheet.pdf>.
Walker, Leslie. “Leslie Walker – Forgot What You Searched For? Google Didn’t – Washingtonpost.com.” The Washington Post: National, World & D.C. Area News and Headlines – Washingtonpost.com. Web. 07 Apr. 2011. <http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2006/01/20/AR2006012001799.html>.