Kuwait Times Labeed Abdal column [Kuwait Times]
(Kuwait Times Via Acquire Media NewsEdge) Feb. 06--A few years ago, we coined the phrase 'Google it' whenever we wanted to find an answer to any query. We were forever online, at least most of the hours when we were not asleep and at times even when we were dozing off, right till the time our heads rested on a soft pillow.
Nowadays, there is competition between smart phones, processors and browsers about which one is smarter than the rival. It is time for us to admit that after various domains of knowledge, like biology, chemistry, literature, algebra, etc., we have some new streams coming up, and can safely add iphonology, Androidology, Instagramology and many more to that list.
Even the spell checkers embedded into many a software have still to learn to recognize these new terms becoming part of our daily life. The trend is across ages, sexes or origins. Although we like to store things that we adore, like pictures, songs and SMSes on our smartphones, and keep a backup on applications like Open Skies, My Space and Cloud, yet it is important that we guard our privacy.
The regular and widely prevalent habit of quickly accepting the long-winded contractual obligations presented as 'terms and conditions' as a necessary step to use any software, device or application should not turn into a blind approval for everything.
Even though we are very pleased with free and quick results and the predictive and magically quick answers that our devices throw up, yet it should not be reason enough for us to be deprived of our right to privacy.
It should not be a case of privacy vis-a-vis sale of information to the giant companies which collect data from billions of users to understand their wants and needs through tiny search engines.
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