This is my last and final piece on online privacy. I won’t be doing it again.
What is this nonsense you see online advising others to take social media with a pinch of salt. And undercutting the (kneejerk) reaction or importance allegedly imparted by some of us to social media observances.
Let me make it clear who I consider eligible to save cookies or to study others’ browsing habits. These exemptions are the necessary ones in this digital age.
- Mainstream media in social media platform
- Apps such as You tube and those that have our explicit consent
- Social media news and pages of recreational interests such as holiday homes, restaurants, theatres, public places, historical and architectural wonders, tourist spots, adventure tour companies etc., and other pursuers of hobbies like knitting, bathik for instance.
- Anyone who sells their wares online
- Commercial houses like banks, insurance etc.
- Small and medium size business such as handicrafts, cookery, crockery, textiles and garments etc.
- Large business houses such a clothing line or label, shoes, furniturewala etc.
- Performing artistes including actors, singers, dancers, instrumentalists etc who may use social media for furthering their career
- Visual artists who promote their art via social media such as painters etc.
- Online games pages such as scrabble, etc.,
- Authors of books, magazines, journals, consistent bloggers
- Professionals selling their service via social media such as consultant physicians, astrologists, beauticians, chefs etc.
- Sports persons and fitness enthusiasts with fan following
- Institutions such as universities and schools
- Those in active public life including in politics, social service
- Genuine causes such as for wildlife, etc., and surveys and polls
- The retired from all these categories.
In short, anyone making a living or benefiting economically furthering their career or profession or business or trade using social media platform earns the moral and legal right to seek internet traffic stats. NONE OTHER.
Anyone out of this list who is trying to justify prying on others’ privacy in the garb of ‘ethical hacking’ is committing not just a crime, but a horrendous sin. I only hope Karma will take care of you! Who knows in your next janam you will be born a pole dancer in a strip club who sleazy men may vie with each other to finger!!
I shall leave things here.
I am trying not to take social media seriously, who says I am. Its not my fragile sensibility. It is your violation of friends’ privacy. It is shocking realization discovering what social media has reduced some of us to.
I will cite an instance how this so called ethical hacking can hurt friendship and ruin relationships.
I am vociferous when it comes to expressing my critical views on the Abrahmics here in my BLOG ONLY AND NOWHERE ELSE. I don’t have charitable views on them. My friends groups in India are totally anti-christian and anti-islamic who keep sharing attacking posts in private. Yeah, all this we do behind closed doors only. As much as possible I refrain from posting anti-views even in whatsapp. However I am a defender of Hindu dharma and I am opposed to conversion mafia and terrorism openly and mince no words when it comes to condemning these. All of us friends including me retain respect for non-hindus and we are friendly with them in the real world. We recognize the need for peaceful co-existence and we are aware of our own pitfalls. We never fail to appreciate the good work of non Hindus either and we consider them our friends. This is how I am, we are in the public, in reality. The personality I present to the outside world only must count whereas, any intruder who may chance upon our exchange of views on religion perhaps may end up disliking us. Our friendship can never be the same again. We girls may get judged for what we share in privacy where we bare our hearts. What we stand for in public ceases to exist.
Honestly it reminds me of Vivek’s joke in a Tamil flick where he can hear the ‘mind voice!’