There’s a lot of talk these days about security and privacy obviously with issues such as the use of big data by the big tech companies—witness the US Congress’ grilling of the tech CEOs some weeks ago, and issues to do with the GDPR and again, fines mostly for big American tech companies.
But also what’s happening with TikTok, which is an app, from an adult’s perspective in my opinion, which seems to be a total waste of time, but is obviously so popular with kids.
I think a lot of this talk and action is important, but often deals with issues of big business and government relegating the debate over individual privacy and security seemingly to the margins.
Luckily, as discussed in several previous posts (See The Virtues of ProtonMail, More on ProtonMail, and Virtual Private Networks) mostly, as it happens, which touch on the use of ProtonMail and other products from the Swiss company, there are now options, however obscured they may be by the so-called “free” products and services offered from the biggest companies, that feature more protection online for individuals, families, smaller businesses, etc.
Just like it is illegal to read someone else’s mail—that is yes, “snail mail” (ever more so important in places like the US for their upcoming November election)—it should be illegal to read someone else’s email.
At least, reading someone else’s email without a court order in accordance with the laws of the country they are in should be illegal, of course, positing that the laws of that country are just—which unfortunately isn’t the case for a lot of countries these days.
But ideally, yes, reading other’s email should be illegal, and again, I think ProtonMail, and other similar services, could be part of the answer on this for better online communication.