Often discussions about online privacy assume that we should all maximize our privacy settings and never give up any information, but for some reason we don’t. If you look up a bunch of articles on the topic, many will have a list of tips that you can use to supposedly keep people from tracking you.
What nobody seems to mention is that doing these things will make your online experience worse. There’s a reason most of us have traded off absolute privacy for the convenience of all these online services, they are useful.
Is it worth it? Not everyone thinks so, and I respect people who want to have much higher levels of privacy available. One of the real issues is that the default level of privacy tends to be the one most people end up with, and this is being decided through a process of the big players pushing outwards until they get a big backlash.
But it’s also hard to show that privacy is something most people consider an absolute, inalienable right. Many studies have been done to explore exactly how much we value privacy. Results vary, and there is a lot of argument over the real meaning of these studies. But the range seems to be anywhere from around $6 to over $100.
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