Fandango’s Provocative Question #95

FPQWelcome once again to Fandango’s Provocative Question. Each week I will pose what I think is a provocative question for your consideration.

By provocative, I don’t mean a question that will cause annoyance or anger. Nor do I mean a question intended to arouse sexual desire or interest.

What I do mean is a question that is likely to get you to think, to be creative, and to provoke a response. Hopefully a positive response.

There are estimates that there are nearly 25 billion connected Internet of Things (IoT) devices around the globe today.

Your smart watch, your smartphone, your ISP, your laptop, your car, your TV, your bank, your insurance companies, your home’s thermostat, maybe your refrigerator, your washer/dryer, and even your doctor, can all be collecting, storing, and sharing your personal information. So can Alexa, Siri, Apple Home, Google Hub, and your Nest or Ring doorbells.But what does this mean for your personal privacy when all of this data about who you are and almost everything you do is out there being stored and maybe being shared in cyberspace? Just how secure is all of this data about each and everyone of us that is routinely being collected and analyzed?

This leads to today’s provocative question, which is essentially about the trade-offs between privacy and security. There are those who argue that you can have security without privacy, but you can’t have privacy without security.

So the question is…

Which is more important to you, privacy or security? How much privacy are you willing to give up for security?

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29 thoughts on “Fandango’s Provocative Question #95

  1. bushboy November 11, 2020 / 3:25 am

    Who am I? what can you find out about me? a challenge for anyone who wants to dig around the internet………….

    Liked by 3 people

  2. rugby843 November 11, 2020 / 7:17 am

    Just watching “Snowden” so this is on target. I do not think we have a choice. If you are alive, you are recorded, watched, and monitored in some way.

    Liked by 4 people

  3. pensitivity101 November 11, 2020 / 9:02 am

    I value my privacy, but security is a different matter, especially when it comes to finances. Big Brother is always watching you somewhere, somehow. I am being plagued by yahoo and Windows 10 for linkages to communication devices I don’t have. There is no ‘sod off I don’t have it’ button.

    Liked by 3 people

  4. cagedunn November 11, 2020 / 1:27 pm

    How can there be true security if there is no trust in those who protect our privacy?

    Liked by 4 people

  5. Marilyn Armstrong November 11, 2020 / 8:01 pm

    I never get these posts. I always have to find the post from someone else who wrote about it — yet I get your OTHER posts. It drives me nuts. I post something tomorrow. I’m too tired tonight, but at least I found the post!

    Liked by 1 person

    • Fandango November 11, 2020 / 9:40 pm

      That’s really weird. I have no idea why you would get my other posts and not these. Have you checked to see if they directly to your spam or trash folders?


  6. Marilyn Armstrong November 12, 2020 / 10:56 pm

    It’s up tomorrow morning. Didn’t make it today. I’m still trying to get through that big dose of steroids I got yesterday. They don’t really agree with me, but they are my last best chance.

    Liked by 1 person

    • Fandango November 12, 2020 / 11:05 pm

      I hope you’re feeling better tomorrow.


  7. Marleen November 13, 2020 / 8:48 am

    “I’m running out of passwords.” That pretty much sums it up. While I don’t have all the same issues you do with technology, I have some of them. And the words are a good metaphor.

    Liked by 2 people

    • Marleen November 13, 2020 / 9:11 am

      By the way, as I’m sure you can surmise,I probably have others (issues with technology besides the ones you do).

      Liked by 1 person

      • Marilyn Armstrong November 13, 2020 / 11:12 am

        EVERYONE has some issue with technology. And the more advanced you get with it, the complicated your issues become. I know a lot (I used to know more, but not working, I’ve lost a lot of edges I used to know), but the technology changes each time someone “upgrades” a working system and “makes it supposedly better,” but really it’s worse. They remove settings you used to use all the time and now, you can’t do half the stuff you used to do. You spend a lot more time on the telephone with technical support only to discover what you thought was true in the first place: THE DEVICE IS BROKEN.

        Liked by 1 person

        • Marleen November 13, 2020 / 11:31 am

          Yeah, it’s kinda making life a maze (not amazing) for many people… likely most if it even affects you.

          Liked by 1 person

          • Marilyn Armstrong November 13, 2020 / 5:20 pm

            Yes. It does. And it annoys me to the point of growling at all electronic devices. On principle.

            Liked by 1 person

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