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How Much Privacy Are You Willing To Give Up?

An Expert Provides Some Surprising and Specific Advice On Protecting Yourself


You know you give up privacy on Facebook. But what about when you go to the doctor, make a phone call, open a bank account or shop for groceries? Felicia King tells WhoWhatWhy’s Jeff Schechtman why everything short of using cash and an old passport for ID could be leaving yourself open to having your privacy invaded.

Back in January of 1999, in the infancy of the internet, the founder and former head of Sun Microsystems, Scott McNealy, said, “There is no privacy, get over it.” And that was before Facebook, Uber, and “location-based” retail.

For a few internet-savvy users, the fear of someone invading their personal space, is a threat requiring ongoing vigilance. But most blithely accept the dangers in exchange for the benefits of a plugged-in, social-networked existence.

In this week’s podcast Felicia King, a technology and privacy expert, makes the case that we need a whole new approach to personal privacy.

This would range from erecting strong defenses to protect our online identity and using specially secure cell phones, to paying only in cash, being careful at medical offices, not letting our banks know us too well, exercising caution with copy machines, foregoing discount cards at grocery stores, and establishing relationships only with retailers we trust.

Is all this worth the effort, or even possible? Ms. King argues that this level of vigilance is the price we must pay to guard against new forms of 21st-century tyranny.



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  • Jeff Schechtman

    Jeff Schechtman’s career spans movies, radio stations and podcasts. After spending twenty-five years in the motion picture industry as a producer and executive, he immersed himself in journalism, radio, and more recently the world of podcasts. To date he has conducted over ten-thousand interviews with authors, journalists, and thought leaders. Since March of 2015, he has conducted over 315 podcasts for

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