Protecting privacy and preventing cyber abuse should matter to you! Invasions of privacy have become an increasingly problem, impacting millions of Americans. Below are a sampling of reports that highlight the problem.
INTERNET CRIME REPORT, FEDERAL BUREAU OF INVESTIGATION (2014)
NONCONSENSUAL IMAGE SHARING: ONE IN 25 AMERICANS HAS BEEN A VICTIM OF “REVENGE PORN”, DATA & SOCIETY (December 13, 2016)
CYBER HARASSMENT, DIGITAL ABUSE, AND CYBER STALKING, DATA & SOCIETY (November 21, 2016)
ONLINE HARASSMENT, PEW RESEARCH CENTER (October 22, 2014)
The statistics establish that online abuse is pervasive and is becoming an increasing problem, especially with young adults. If you have not been touched by an online privacy violation, it is likely that you will eventually be impacted, whether personally or through a friend or family member. It is also deeply disconcerting that the Internet is being weaponized to destroy reputations, to embarrass and to push individuals’ offline. If action is not taken, the benefits derived from the Internet could be overwhelmed by its ability to abuse. It is time to treat online privacy as the priority it should be.