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Dilemmas of a modern-day privacy seeker
Can you ever have just the right amount of privacy you need, or has the world become so polluted, privacy-wise, that we have to accept privacy invasions in order to get things done?
It’s not just giving up your email address in exchange for a free PDF or blindly accepting website cookie & privacy policies just to get into that page — reversing this type of self-inflicted privacy invasion is within our sphere of control.
It’s the more insiduous invasions that we allow to creep in because if we don’t, it causes a disruption, and if you’re self-employed, disruption can really hurt.
Facebook took my ID and I don’t know what they’ve done with it
Some years ago, Facebook decided I was a suspicious entity and suspended my account until I verified my identity.
I ignored them and set up a new account.
They blocked me again, insisting on identity verification.
I uploaded the two forms of ID they wanted. Weeks went by and nothing happened. I’m as aware of identity theft and fraud as the next person and the silence was unnerving. What’s up with Facebook? What have they done with my ID?
Turns out it’s easier to find life on Mars than it is to find a real human Facebook support person so in the end I forced myself not to think about it. Lord knows what’s happened to my documents but I know for sure there ‘ain’t no-one gonna help me get them deleted from their server.
At least I didn’t send my passport and driving licence to a Nigerian prince, I said to myself.
Then I went back for more
A normal privacy-aware person would now run a mile from Facebook, right?
Not only have they abused my trust, but they also abused GDPR! But if I complained to the GDPR people, Facebook would surely deny it ever happened — after all, where’s my proof that I even uploaded the documents?
I’m ashamed to admit I needed Facebook enough to have another go at opening an account.
- I need access to Facebook to work with client accounts
- Since they purchased Instagram (I like Instagram) there’s mandatory Facebook integration to access some of the functionality
- Courses I buy have Facebook community hubs
- There are some good writing communities there
But I keep my bags ready-packed for a quick exit. I build nothing on there I’d miss if they suspended me again. My business Facebook pages are rarely updated and Facebook would never be my first, second, or millionth choice if I ever decided to set up a community hub somewhere for any of my ventures.
By pretending this privacy violation didn’t happen, my business can continue. But the damage has been done.
Social-media portfolios filled with private commissions make me uncomfortable
Maybe I’m sitting alone on this tree, but if I commissioned a portrait of a loved-one (human or animal, past or present) from an artist, I’d be really upset to find it being merched and judged by others on their social media account.
What really boggles my mind is the artist who uses client commissions to populate and sell her calendar. I understand artists retain copyright to their work, but I don’t understand why a customer would pay for a private portrait and then allow the artist to sell that portrait to the world at large.
I don’t know why an artist would feel comfortable doing that. I checked the terms, there’s no compensation being paid out.
A basic dignity turned into a “nice-to-have“
There’s privacy we give up because we want the “thing” so much.
Then there’s privacy we give up because everyone else is doing it and we don’t realise we have a choice.
What seems like a basic dignity appears to have turned into an on-request thing, if indeed it’s offered at all. And people are accepting it.
Does anyone else find it intrusive & limiting?
Pre-covid, no client ever wanted a video call. Then a Big Conditioning occurred and everyone expected a video-call.
I even came across a job listing looking for female writers who had to be “Zoom-ready at all times.”
Can’t imagine the niche.
Well, I’ve reclaimed my space. I’ve gone back to voice only… and no-one’s objected.
Everyone’s been working from home. Accessing company servers, saving company documents perhaps to the hard drive of a computer the entire family has access to.
Best not to think of how many policy breaches have occurred.
What do you think? Are boundaries blurring and have you become more accepting of reduced privacy over time? If so, is it out of choice or because it’s the only way to get your “thing,” whatever this is.