Now that Google has consolidated all user information across all its platforms, creating a massive and profound collection of personal data, have our expectations of privacy been given the death knell.
What’s the Big Idea?
The worry is that individuals are no longer able to shape who has control over personal information nor the companies who collect that information. Scholars propose legal recourse for those who have been wronged by a company’s data collection policy but the reality, says Wright, is that the legal process favors companies with the financial means to fight endless legal battles. Chatfield recognizes the seeming inability of well-meaning people, like the Green party, to effectuate political change. Reflecting on the Arab Spring, he proposes direct democratic action.