Activists and developers are trying to find ways to protect privacy in a time of heightened government surveillance. But it may all be for naught, according to a new study.
The Pew Research Center published a report last Thursday in which a majority of experts agree that our current expectations of digital privacy may be completely gone by 2025.
"Unfortunately, we will have given up on privacy by 2025, or we will have re-interpreted what it means," Internet activist Ian Peter told Pew.
More than 2,500 experts weighed in on security, liberty and privacy online and whether there will be a "trusted privacy-rights infrastructure" in place by 2025 that lets people protect their personal data easily.
Of the respondents, 55% said no, that will not happen, while 45% found this a reasonable outcome. They all agreed, however, that there is something inherently public about the Internet.
One respondent suggested that as the Internet continues to expand, the very idea of privacy will become a fringe activity.
“As Google Glass and attendant projects grow, the so-called Internet of Things becomes increasingly aware of literally everything," said one attorney from a major law firm who participated in the study. "As programmers begin jumping on algorithmic schemes to sift, curate, and predict the data, notions of privacy will be considered a fetish.”
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