Everybody must have read, or at least have heard of George Orwell’s famous book “Nineteen Eighty-Four” centering on the consequences of totalitarianism, mass surveillance, and repressive regimentation of all persons and behaviors within society. Fiction when it was written in 1949, is it a fact now?
It is the year 2020; we are currently experiencing the COVID-19 pandemic, set to continue in 2021. In modern society, privacy should be a granted right (and rightfully so). We are talking about privacy – especially since COVID-19 started – where there is privacy for individuals and privacy for corporate employees. Having so many people working from home on their private systems and so many corporates moving to in-the-cloud hosted systems, the separation between consumer and enterprise is disappearing. It is difficult under these circumstances to keep these two separated, where the individual still wants to maintain a social media presence. Here we are running the risk of data exfiltration due to breaking privacy.
Privacy is something everybody takes for granted, and now the discussion has been about invasive software for legitimate(!) purposes that will “spy” on you, breaking your privacy (spyware, keyloggers) and that is why security software is important, not only for consumers but especially for corporates. We have not even touched the (state-organized) COVID-19 trackers versus “privacy”, installed on private and corporate phones.
We will take a tour around software and hardware used, in the COVID-19 pandemic era, with people studying and working from home, considering privacy aspects and showing that privacy – or the lack thereof – can have benefits.
We don't WANT to, but we may feel it's in our best interests to forfeit some of our privacy to survive the COVID-19 pandemic, or otherwise end up in the scenario of the movie “2021” (https://www.imdb.com/title/tt4854098), where it is just you, a lonely character in a deserted world, who survived…