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Insightful Letter 3
Is your internet privacy at stake?

Hi ,

I hope this email finds you well. Due to some software problems, I couldn't send the letter yesterday. My apologies for that. Here is what today's newsletter has to offer.

 The Idea      

There are 4.57 billion active users of the internet in the world. That means half of the total population of earth uses the internet for some reason. 

Currently, with 560 million internet users, India is the world's 2nd largest online market in the world. 

Nowadays we spend more time on the internet than with our family members. It has become an integral part of our life.

Undoubtedly the Internet has brought the world closer. It has changed people's lives for the better. 

I would not be able to send you this email without the Internet. But with it comes the dark side of the internet. Your privacy on the internet is the main thing to concern.

Of course, I don't have to tell you why your privacy matters. We don't want someone to follow us everywhere and know everything about our life.

But with the rise of social media and app industry, data privacy has become even more vulnerable. We worry too much about their privacy in their real-life but surprisingly we do not worry much until now about our digital privacy.

Maybe because we are not seeing the instant effect of data leaking. You must have observed when you search in Google for a specific product and then visit Facebook, you will see advertisements for similar products.

How did they know about your interests?

They store your data and use it to make money. 

Every social media you browse or app you use in mobile collects your data. Of course, we haven't reached up to a point where our data is used against us.

Imagine if your personal data reaches to the hand of an irresponsible government. They can surely use it to harm you.

The 59 Chinese apps were also banned in India on the basis of data privacy. All the Chinese apps were dangerously collecting people's data. 

A computer engineer a few months back claimed to reverse engineer the Tiktok app. 

What he found was very threatening. Tiktok was dangerously collecting people's data, way more than Facebook, Twitter or any other platform collects. I will link the article below. Here is what he said-

" TikTok might not meet the exact criteria to be called “Malware”, but it’s definitely nefarious and (in my humble opinion) outright evil. There’s a reason governments are banning it. Don’t use the app. Don’t let your children use it. Tell your friends to stop using it. It offers you nothing but a quick source of entertainment that you can get elsewhere without handing your data over to the Chinese government. You are directly putting yourself and those on your network (work and home) at risk."

It's high time you should be concerned about your privacy on the internet. Look after what kind of apps are you using on mobile. 

Don't post something on social media which you don't want to show the whole world. Keep your personal information minimum on your social media accounts.

Be mindful of your digital presence.


One book/article recommendation

Read the findings of a software engineer about Tiktok 

The data leakage in Tiktok app

I found this amazing blog dedicated to privacy on the internet. You can check it out.

Privatewebsystems blog

One video suggestion

Watch the video below that describes privacy and data protection in an engaging way.

One quote

"Digital freedom stops where that of users begins... Nowadays, digital evolution must no longer be offered to a customer in trade-off between privacy and security. Privacy is not for sale, it's a valuable asset to protect."

                                                                           - Stephane Nappo

                                                                              (Global head for information security)

This week I have written on an eminent Indian Scientist Rustum Roy on the blog, If you haven't heard about him then you must read about his fascinating life by clicking below.

June 28, 2020
Rustum Roy: The Enigmatic Indian Scientist

Read the full article

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Until next week,


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Jayabrata Das

IIT Bombay, Powai, Mumbai

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