No Privacy Online

Interesting RamZPaul video:

The problem is, when someone posts something on Twitter, it ceases to be private, so I dunno why Ramz is framing it as a privacy issue. The point of Twitter is to broadcast to the public. There is an option to make your tweets private, but that significantly limits your potential audience and does not prevent someone from befriending you in order to spy on your tweets. This app is taking advantage of the functionality of Twitter that has always existed and is available to anyone. The solution is to delete old tweets, use pseudonyms.

In spite of low unemployment, employers are still very fickle and look for any excuse they can find to fire employees or dismiss potentially qualified hires. For many jobs, particularly low and medium-skilled jobs, the supply of labor still greatly exceeds demand, allowing employers to be very choosy.

I suppose legislation could be passed that prohibits employers from discriminating based on social media postings. But the first amendment only applies to public institutions, and political affiliation isn’t a protected class under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act. One can see how such legislation could hurt businesses, because they would be forced to keep and hire employees who are qualified yet whose values are not aligned with their employer.

In terms of intrusiveness, the technology available to governments and other agencies is far more sophisticated than even for employers. If you upload a photo or video of yourself by a small lake or any other geographic feature, such a large boulder surrounded by some trees, it’s possible for agencies , using detailed satellite imagery, to pinpoint your location. It would be very data intensive, but it is possible. If you make a video in which there is direct or indirect sunlight, such as outside or shining through a window, using sophisticated mathematical techniques is is possible by analyzing the change of color of the ambient pixels as the sun moves across the sky as the video progresses, and by knowing the time stamps of when the video began and ended, one can roughly determine where it was broadcast.