BlackBerry and the issue of Privacy
I was listening to the BBC radio morning show today and they were discussing the issue of Blackberry Ban in the Gulf (specifically Saudi Arabia)..
Many countries here in the Gulf , Lebanon and India want to ban the BB service because they claim that it causes a huge security threat since the secret services cannot access or monitor any of the messages interchanged .. this causes a huge financial crises to the service providers and it seems that they are holding meetings to come to an agreement to solve the issue..
This however brings up the issue of privacy .. now it seems that everything we say can be monitored ..Privacy is very important to humans and violating it means that you will have a society that lives in constant fear and depression and possibly charged for something too personal that was meant to be unknown to others…
This reminded me of the movie “Minority Reports” when people were being charged and convicted over crimes that they did not commit but because the secret service was able to monitor their thoughts .. George Orwell in his 1948 novel also predicted such time when he came up with the slogan Big Brother is Watching You ..
Many companies and politicians exchange ideas and deals through BB and other services and this would cause a huge risk for any possible leaks through a service that is being monitored ..
Yesterday Expatandthecity mentioned in her post about the Indian couple jailed for exchanging steamy text messages .. the problem here is not the steamy messages but the idea of having your most private needs violated .. and could this lead to the government’s right to enter your home and your bedroom and accuse you of acts of indecency?! The issue of privacy and security is an issue to the whole world and not just here in the Middle East .. when it comes to the USA privacy may be non – existance specially to foreigners …
So this brings us back to the question of security vs privacy .. how much security can we have without invading our private lives? how much does Big Brother knows about your most private details?