click to enlarge Normally, we ask our question of the week of people we randomly encounter on the street. But with the Inland Northwest in lockdown, we instead asked our followers on social media to share their thoughts.
Normally, we ask our question of the week of people we randomly encounter on the street. But with the Inland Northwest in lockdown, we instead asked our followers on social media to share their thoughts.

How worried are you about the government and/or giant internet companies spying on you? Why or why not?

Jess Ponikvar: Just about everyone I know who works in enterprise IT Security has a sticker over their laptop webcam. The more you know about these modern systems the more careful you'll be. I won't have an Amazon device left on in my house unless I'm going to use it at that moment.

Suci Prochnau: Worried? It does no good to worry about something that you have absolutely no control over. The world hasn't enjoyed privacy for a very long time.

Michael McMullen: I have several problems with it. Foremost the idea that privacy, in general, is seen as something unnecessary. Anyone who says they have nothing to hide hasn't considered all the things they hide without thinking about it. Hiding isn't innately nefarious, it just means you have something you don't want someone else (your kids, your mom, your boss, your friends) to know about. It erodes the very liberties that so many people talk about defending.

Lisa Boyette: I'm more concerned with the other countries using our social media to do this.

Philip Martin: I'm not worried. They would get super bored. If they find me interesting, let them spy.

Lucas Hutson: I think the truth is that ship has sailed and quite awhile back. I mean we're answering this on Facebook and they are a known privacy snooper. We have a variety of devices in our home that might be watching or listening and most sites are serving ads based on your browser activity. Being aware of it does serve as a good reminder to make smart choices online.

Brie Edwards: You give up your privacy the minute you get online. Everything you sign up for, every website, every app, asks for some personal information to use it.

Mary Signer Eberle: I'm worried that people don't seem to care about mass surveillance more than I am worried about surveillance itself. Gone are the days of freedom. ♦

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