Why privacy is an illusion

By CHRIS AGBOLA, Staff Columnist

Photo from Wired.com
Photo from Wired.com

Privacy is the state or condition of being free from being observed or disturbed by other people. No such thing exists in reality in the world. Talking about satellites and sophisticated surveillance devices, privacy is a mere illusion.

To begin with, anyone can be located no matter where he or she lives on earth. The G.P.S, Google maps and satellites make this possible. All that needs to be done is that a clue of the fellows’ location thus a landmark or street name would just be entered into the system and he or she would be exposed. An example of this security system was used in the capture and annihilation of Osama Bin Laden who masterminded the 9/11 terrorist attacks on the United States. If someone even decides to hide in a hole not to be seen, he or she would be figured out easily.

The Edward Snowden and the National Security Agency issue highlighted the extent to which security measures are taken through intrusion of privacy. After 9/11 attacks on the United States, potential future threats were usurped before they occurred. America has been successful is preventing a ton through her terrorist watch initiatives. The allies of the nation were not even left out. Snowden’s revelations indicated that the private cellphone lines of the presidents, prime ministers and other top government officials of other countries were tapped to monitor discussions they have about America

Furthermore, communication has been seriously interfered with. Text messages, emails, faxes and all the relevant communication media are monitored and tracked should there arise any suspicion of destruction. Gmail account holders for instance, share their information with Google. Mobile service providers as well have access to your calls, text messages and any activity you carry across to another person. Where is privacy then?

In addition, the existence of CCTV cameras in malls, offices, recreational centers and other public places tells that, everyone is watched no matter what you do. It only takes the playing of what a CCTV camera captured for a perpetrator of a crime or vice to be identified. The non-existence of a camera does not hinder the process to get the person. In case of a murder for example, any substance or material found on the crime scene could be taken to laboratory and a forensic scientist will then undertake a chemical processing. The fingerprints of the perpetrator will be revealed to find provide clues through DNA sequencing for apprehension of the culprit.

No matter what you do, eyes are watching!