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Evolution of Online Privacy Too Hot for Government to Handle: Google

Approximately 10 years ago, the discussion in the government meetings would have revolved around national security, people welfare, developmental programs, etc. Today, one of the biggest issues that the government has to deal with on a regular basis is online privacy.  Privacy is valued in our normal life, but internet has become such an integral part of our lives that online privacy is also important. This has necessitated the government to step up to the online privacy issue and make some policies that helps in protecting the citizens’ online privacy rights.

But according to s Google, the government just not has been able to keep up with the pace at which online companies and services are growing. The policies that they are making are ending up being redundant and worthless with the trends changing so quickly

Online Services and with Them, Privacy Issues Evolving Rapidly

Let us consider the situation around 10 to 12 years ago when the only online privacy violation could be through email, the most extensively used channel for communicating through the internet at that point of time. The FTC had certain rules back then that protected privacy. Even though security measures were not as extensive as they are today, the measures that were available gave the people a feeling of security. It was more of a feel good factor than anything else. Also, not many people were using email and hence, online privacy violation could almost be passed off as a one off incident that can be ignored.

Then came the era where people started using the internet for every possible application. Websites popped up by the thousands and email, instant messaging and video calling were extensively used. Online security and privacy concerns escalated but it was still at a manageable level. Leading online security solutions companies came up with new and improved methods and the situation was handled.

After this came the era of social networking and this is when things started going completely out of control. Google came up with its extremely popular Orkut, which experienced unmatched popularity despite the existence of other social media sites. The game completely changed when Facebook was introduced. With its intuitive and highly addictive user interface, users were so eager to post personal information that they forgot what the consequences would be. The makers of Facebook also kept updating the site to make the information more detailed and comprehensive. They still continue to do so.

Government Decision Making Time Very Slow Compared To Online Updates

The government officials have been used to a pace at which they make their decisions. They take their time, deliberate over it, and then roll out the decision and accompanying policies. The problem is that this time frame is very lengthy compared to the time frame that say, Facebook takes to update its features. Every new feature comes with a privacy issue and the government policies have to be tweaked to suit the new updates.

Government Involvement Not Needed?

According to Google and a few other leading online security experts, the government has to step up its pace or step down from the online privacy issues. It is true that a governing body is needed to regularize the online privacy policy but that can be privatized with the government retaining a level of control over it. Every minute the government delays, millions of anonymous social media accounts and other channels are created and used by miscreants to abuse the online privacy rights of the common man. This is not a new issue and it is high time the government takes a stand on how it is going to deal with online privacy issues before it is too late.

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