There are different kinds of Internet privacy. There is financial transaction privacy, social privacy, personal information privacy, credit privacy, consumer privacy, personal family privacy and privacy from tracking and monitoring Internet behavior. All these types of digital privacy is relevant to our digital lives, these are all the ways our Internet privacy can be violated.
There are plenty of governmental agencies and tech companies who have a vested interest in collecting personal information on all of us. We have the tech companies, we have the governmental agencies and these two groups have been known to work together in the past. The hackers maliciously attack the inadequate security tech companies to take advantage of keeping all of our personal data in one place. Only have to hack one location in order to get everything they need on everybody.
There are a vast array of reasons why our personal information is valuable to some inquiring entity. The problem is we the people never know the specific why, it is a concealed secret until it's on the news.
The tech companies want to capitalize on the personal information collected. The government wants to collect everything regardless of what it is. Between these two large surveillance players, there is no digital privacy.
A large and current problem with our personal information security is connected to our digital social lives. The third party entities that have an interest in our digital information, buy personal information or it is leaked, hacked from any intelligence gathering website. That information is then used at the discretion of the third parties who eventually exploit the people for whatever rationale.
To what extent of exploitation varies from each end of the spectrum that tops out at influencing presidential elections. The Internet business model that relies strictly on advertising and analytical data collection that is sold to third parties, is proven to be a personal security threat. Intelligence gathering companies are built for individual digital exploitation, it is their business model.