Apps threaten our right to privacy

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By Heavyn Hilton 

While certain apps are already installed on mobile smart phones, other apps are being created daily. Some are naturally there from the moment you activate your phone and others are advertised in app stores. However, when a consumer has chosen their app and then begins downloading, an agreement text box pops up.

Most of the time, no one reads the notification and instead immediately presses the “allow” button to continue the downloading process. They fail to realize that they just agreed to give the app their personal information.

The all-encompassing knowledge this gives them sounds like a conspiracy. When I go to download a game, why must that app have access to my contacts and pictures? I’ve been told that technological advancement is a huge accomplishment, but I fail to see it that way due to the invasion of privacy.

I refuse to believe the Kim Kardashian game needs access to my pictures.

We are practically feeding ourselves to all these machines. Phones are trying to identify us instead of just doing what they were originally made to do: send messages, make calls, play music, and play games. We’re so eager to have the most popular game in the app store that we’re oblivious to how much information we are actually releasing about ourselves.

So much for land of the “free.” I’m sorry but where’s our privacy? Clearly, it no longer exists.

These people, to whom we are casually handing over our private information, are complete strangers to us. Apps know more about us than we even know about ourselves.

Technically, you handed over your freedom and there’s evidence of you doing so by accepting those app terms. Millions of  people willingly put part of what’s occurring in their lives into another person’s hand. All of this access and potential for identity theft come about just because we want to play the Kardashian game.

According to Appsolute Genius, statistics say that in 2015 there will be more apps than new life blooming. Apps hold a higher population than humans on this Earth and they know everything there is to know about us. The game isn’t worth your face, privacy, or life.

Author: Plaid Press

Granada Hills Charter High School newspaper

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