Privacy is a collective concern

When we tell companies about ourselves, we give away details about others, too, writes Carissa Véliz in the New Statesman.

It’s easy to assume that because some data is “personal”, protecting it is a private matter. But privacy is both a personal and a collective affair, because data is rarely used on an individual basis. […]

Safeguarding your privacy, then, is not only an act of self-care. It is also a way of taking care of others. It’s possible to make an analogy to climate change, in that it is a problem that can only be solved through collective action. While individuals have a part to play in cultivating a privacy-friendly culture, just like we each have a part to play in fighting climate change, solutions that rely on individual control over personal data are doomed to fail.