“Should we be scared?”: Privacy & technology (WUWM “Lake Effect”)

I recently taped an interview with Milwaukee’s public radio affiliate, WUWM, and it aired today. The topic was privacy and technology, focusing mostly on how to balance the speed and ubiquity of new technology, the conveniences they provide, and the strains they place on personal and informational privacy. You can listen to it here.

Interestingly, I was asked a question I don’t often get: “Should we be scared?”

My reply was basically that fear is not the proper response, but we do need to be concerned and we need to take action, by raising awareness, pushing for more transparency, giving users more control over the flow of their data, providing opportunities to resist, and working to foster the privacy-conscious design of new technologies.

What do others think? Should we be scared?

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