How to educate a person about privacy, foss?

Hello friends, i want to know your opinion about how to spread awareness to people about privacy, free software?


the only tips I can give you are

  • don’t be annoying
  • sent them an article when a company they are using f ed up and leaked all their data (also don’t be too annoying with that > once a month or less should be the cap)

my experience:

show them evidence that a breach of privacy leads to bad outcomes.

show them how data from Google and Facebook accounts are used to build data broker profiles which are available to the public.

show them how data collected on you from your ISP is shared with every other company and is used to target ads about you.

then tell them how this data can be used against you in the future… what if your data was used to decide your insurance rates, loan applications, college admissions? That’s the world we’re moving into.

I used this strategy and convinced my cousin, a loyal Gmail user, that privacy is important.


My experience: No one gives a :poop:

That’s the reality of today’s world. The number of people you can convince by “showing them databreaches” is borderline zero. You’ll hear things such as:

  • They know what some [name] in [country] buy, so what.
  • They know everything anyway already.
  • So they can read my messages. I don’t do anything illegal or secret.
  • At least I see the ads I’m actually interested in.
  • I don’t care, they can take anything they want.
  • and everyone’s favorite evergreen: I have nothing to hide.

That said.

Don’t push it, don’t try to over explain yourself. Stand your ground and elaborate only(!) if someone shows genuine interest.

Some things I say:

  • My hobby is cyber security and privacy, I don’t like [service X].
  • I’m a digital minimalist, I don’t use social media. (Moreover I really don’t like being manipulated.)
  • I don’t use Meta products for privacy and ethical reasons. (They’re irresponsible and immoral company.)
  • […] I just don’t think that having a permanent record of everything you’ve ever said, posted, followed, reacted to, commented on, voted, shared, visited, buy/sold, liked/disliked, unfollowed, is a good idea.

I always demand that they must give me their bank account informations given that they don’t have nothing to hide :smiley:

It’s hard until a leak hits them hard. Or, you know, join the hackers in the breaches and help with their educational method (backwards education) :upside_down_face:

Hello, i will. how can I find about dataleaks, data breaches of a company?

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Hello, I would follow this advice and change some people.

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Hello, yes bro what you are saying is correct but when we remind them of the databreaches, leaks, their data is vulnerable to hackers, it may lead them to learning about privacy.

Well, thats not a good thing to do but sometimes teaching backwards may teach somebody about something.

Be ready to accept the fact that not everyone will care, some people are just very stuck in their ways and don’t want to change their mind, I guess that can be said about changing someones mind on anything in general.

Yes bro that’s true. Some are more resistant to change while others will change when they get to know about the truth.

How about privacy be taught in school?

Great! Biggest takeaway: Show them the consequences of giving up their privacy:

Show them data brokers, personalized ads, and all the other consequences of their data. Show them how it could impact their future and important things. Big data could be used to determine healthcare, insurance rates, credit applications, and worst of all, college admissions.

Maybe you could share this video with people you want to convince:

average person: “oh no I get ads I’m actually interested in, how can I live with that.”

personalized ads are not something people worry about, a lot of people even prefer them over ads that are not relevant to them, most people hate spam caller so if you want to convince them try it that way.

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True. But another downside of giving up your privacy is increased spam and more sophisticated phishing attacks on you. If an attacker knows more about you, they’re more likely to fool you, or perhaps SIM swap you.

The root of this problem is the way how human brain works. Privacy is something really abstract. Convenience is not.

If one loses privacy in 99% of the cases it’s some unspecified “data” that are floating somewhere in the aether and people not even know what they’re giving away.

If one loses convenience they know it immediately.

People want simple life.