Tech Companies Respond to the Concerns of Netizens ‘Digital Privacy’
Whistleblowers and electronic activists were shocked at the violation of privacy online for a long time.
Now a host of technology entrepreneurs aim to turn an increasing awareness of the problem into a money making business, and many have demonstrated their expertise at this week’s Lisbon Web Summit.
“With the current tensions, there is clearly a movement between people to recover their right to privacy,” organizer Paddy Cosgrave told the AFP.
“Creating custom cryptography in the device level is booming so that a third-party key stroke on your computer is unreadable. Several companies are trying to advance in this field,” said Cosgrave.
“I think you have an entire new market for your own digital identity, data control, data management and data monetization,” said American Brittany Kaiser, who lifted the data abuse scandal at Cambridge Analytica last year.
Also the role of Kaiser in Cambridge Analytica, “The Great Hack,” is the subject of a Netflix documentary.
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Kaiser has co-created ‘ Own your data ‘ foundation to’ blame the whole sector’ and to denounce abuses by companies that collect data without express knowledge on the part of web users.
They cautioned that “it will be difficult to achieve the end of the mass adoption” of products and services designed to mitigate concerns of confidentiality, but after a year and a half of lobbying, the “shock of momentum” is seen.
The way forward is’ ordinary security,’ Eich said, with data protection and adblock capacities as key attributes of Brave.
Eich hopes that Brave has 10 million users by the end of the year, but said it needs to double or triple before it can generate revenue from opt-in online ads.
US “Crypto godfather” currencies, David Chaum, meanwhile believed that the digital world reached a critical juncture.
“This is like a historical moment. I think the killer app is obviously incorporated with transactions if you look at smartephones.
Chaum is behind Elixxir, which aims to provide digital privacy through the deployment of a mobile messages app with a VPV in line with Chinese behemoth We Chat network, securing contact with blockchain security.
Briton David Chance also wants to transfer digital data security to another tier after leaving Google to begin a company, yourself. Online, which allows the public collection of information without permission.
“The scale of the problem is the most shocking thing,” says Chance. “We will find personal details for around 80 per cent of those who sign up for our Program. This could be a telephone number, email address or date of birth.” Companies are collecting information we want online and are using it to decide whether someone is getting work, credit or a loan. We say, “I feel like I am chasing some creeper. I feel like I’m being violated, “he said.