“The sooner we start to take privacy seriously, the better for all of us,” said online privacy specialist Ralf Schumann.
Government and social media platforms are uniting around the world to censor the public. I caught up with a specialist in online privacy to discuss the rapidly changing nature of digital secrecy.
“Since 9/11 governments encroach more and more on your privacy. It’s getting now to a stage that surveillance happens (on ordinary people) whether you know it or not. There is no judge involvement anymore. They [the State] can access [your data] without a warrant,” said Schumann.
Schumann went on to say that VPNs are no longer providing sufficient protection for the ordinary person when it comes to governments accessing private data without their knowledge.
“We have put together a complete package. The essence is that everything that is important is hosted in Switzerland. The big difference with Switzerland is that any access to your data – to your meta data – to the files and emails you have, has to go through a judge and you have to be notified.”
If data is hosted in America, Australia or the UK – this is not the case.
“As far as privacy is concerned, forget it,” said Schumann, of most countries hosting data.
Schumann's Silver Angels Services (SAS) is a Melbourne based, not-for-profit co-operative service organisation, run mainly by and for mature-aged members with a goal of helping its members navigate the pitfalls of online security.
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“If you don’t store anything locally (on your computer), there is nothing for anyone to find.”
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“There’s always good intentions, but what follows from there can be quite nasty,” finished Schumann, about the new age of surveillance.