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Deleting Facebook won’t solve anything

Privacy concerns go farther than simply Facebook, real change won’t come from ignoring the issue

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Many Facebook users have contemplated deleting their Facebook after marketing companies were found mining users’ data.

Many Facebook users have contemplated deleting their Facebook after marketing companies were found mining users’ data.

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Many Facebook users have contemplated deleting their Facebook after marketing companies were found mining users’ data.

ALAINA BEAULAURIER, Evergreen columnist

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With the hashtag #deletefacebook trending on social media, people around the world are starting to wonder how private their free social media site actually is.

Cambridge Analytica, a political data firm, used Facebook user information to aid in President Donald Trump’s run for election.

This outraged many Americans as they realized they are being watched. The thing is, we are always being watched. Deleting Facebook won’t suddenly give you privacy. If you are going to #deletefacebook, you might as well stop using the internet altogether.

Senior humanities major Kyle Bobo spoke about his support of the delete Facebook movement.

“I’m super into conspiracies,” Bobo said. “I’m not hard-headed or anything about it, but I’m aware of what’s happening.”

Bobo explained that people shouldn’t be so willing to give up their personal information to a large corporation like Facebook.

“I don’t know anyone who willingly wants to have their every move watched on a website,” Bobo said. “I don’t know anyone who is comfortable with that.”

But the sad truth is that Facebook is not the only website that is watching our movements.

Snapchat, an app used for sending pictures and messages, according to its terms of agreement, reserves the right to keep all snaps and messages that are sent, in addition to your full name, birthday, phone number and, in some cases, credit card information.

That’s right. All those snaps that you thought disappeared after 10 seconds can be saved forever in the Snapchat database.

Even Panera Bread Company had a data breach recently, according to TIME. The information of any customer who ordered food through the company’s website was accidentally made available. The names, emails, dates of birth, physical addresses and last four credit card numbers of customers were all available in plain text.

What is most troubling is that even if you avoid using websites like Facebook and Panera Bread, these companies can still purchase information about you from your Internet Service Provider, according to USA Today.

This means privacy is not a choice of using or not using certain sites. Delete Facebook all you want, but everyone can still buy your information.

Deleting Facebook is such a small drop in the pond in your internet privacy. What you should be concerned about is the lack of legislation.

We need general privacy laws that protect us from both intentional and unintentional data leaks. Our privacy is worth more than this.

ISP information should not be available to whoever desires to purchase it. We are being treated like products instead of humans. Everyone deserves privacy, and we need to fight for it.

With protective laws, we would all feel safer and more comfortable going online. The solution isn’t to limit our internet use. That’s just a bandage on a gaping wound of internet security.

Don’t delete Facebook. Demand privacy from your Congress.

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