Today’s notions of privacy will be eroded significantly within the next decade as growing reams of personal data are willingly exchanged for the convenience of living our lives online.
That’s the prevailing view among the more than 2500 industry experts from around the world – including academics, legislators and staff at global companies such as Google, Microsoft and Yahoo – who were quizzed on the future of privacy and security.
Respondents to the study from the Pew Research Center in the US, in conjunction with North Carolina’s Elon University, said they believed living a public life online would be the new default by 2025.
They variously predicted current notions of privacy would soon become “quaint”, “archaic”, a “fetish” and “the new taboo” – something that future generations would fail to understand, let alone appreciate.
“Everyone will expect to be tracked and monitored, since the advantages, in terms of convenience…
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