Your Right to Privacy on the Internet
A person’s right to privacy is one of the most foundational principles of modern society. Though some information should be shared to help organizations and governments do the work they need to do, the day to day lives of people – what they’re up to, who they talk to, and or what information they’re looking for – should be private.
> No one shall be subjected to arbitrary interference with his privacy, family, home or correspondence, nor to attacks upon his honor and reputation. Everyone has the right to the protection of the law against such interference or attacks.
And although the Internet wasn’t around in 1948, we think that this universal right applies on the Internet, too.
How Your Internet Use Isn’t Private by Default
You’ve probably heard the big news that broke some years ago about the massive surveillance and data collection operations that many governments such as the United States were conducting, with much of that data collection including Internet communications. Even if you believe that a certain amount of that is necessary for national or global security, you might wonder if they’re catching too many fish in their net.
Beyond this, many of the major Internet Service Providers and free services providers (think Google, Facebook, etc.,) will capture their users activity, run algorithms on that data to make highly targeted profiles of users, and then sell those profiles to marketers, making true the statement that there’s “no such thing as a free lunch.”
Almost every click and keystroke — even when the text is deleted afterwards — is collected by someone on the Internet. Unfortunately that’s just the way it is these days.
Why Your Privacy Matters
Privacy on the Internet is important for the same reasons that privacy in your home is important: it allows you the basic human freedom to escape for a minute from political/social life, gives you the autonomy to pursue what you like without judgement or fear of reprisal from others (assuming you’re not bothering them, of course), and ensures that you can communicate with whom you please and express yourself freely.
At the end of the day, having the basic security of privacy means that you’re able to be yourself to the fullest extent possible, whatever that may mean for you.
All the above reasons notwithstanding, you are a firm believer in personal privacy and the right to broadcast and receive without being surveilled and cataloged by authorities. And that is perhaps the biggest philosophical reason you want to spend 15 dollars a month on a good VPN connection service