Peeper, stop peeping! (Because it’s my right)

To believe in human rights is to believe that each of us deserves to live independently with equal dignity.

For example: is it a human right to be able to shower without anyone watching?

It’s likely you agree that yes, it’s a human right, even if showers aren’t protected by guards. And, beautifully, as human rights grow, the rates of war, crime, and racism decline. That’s been the case for over 700 years.

Now let’s get to your data

While we have the human right to keep our data private and safe, you can’t rest on those laurels and expect the bad guys to stay away from your sensitive information, like your email addresses, passwords, and more.

Mark Zuckerberg also believes privacy is a human right

That’s why when he bought his home in Palo Alto, he also bought the three homes surrounding it. But Mr. Zuckerberg hasn’t been an angel when it comes to other people’s privacy. Back in his college days, he set up a prank website called FaceSmash that rated without their permission the attractiveness of his fellow college students. He had to shut it down and apologize, and since Facebook, he’s been apologizing ever since for doing a less-than-perfect job of protecting people’s privacy. But he keeps trying, and by golly, he’s gotten better at it. Go, Mark, go.

Tim Cook to the rescue

On Tuesday, February 16, 2016, a US magistrate ordered Apple’s Tim Cook to make specialized software to enable the FBI to unlock an iPhone used by Syed Farook, a suspect in the San Bernardino shooting in December 2015 that left 14 people dead. The FBI wanted a special version of iOS that would accept unlimited password combos until the right one was found.

But Tim Cook said NO! to the FBI. To say otherwise meant putting hundreds of millions of Apple users at risk. So the FBI found another way to get the information they wanted. Most importantly, though, Tim Cook set a benchmark for data security.

So, yes, it’s your human right to have your data kept private and secure. But human rights aren’t the same thing as what-really-happens rights. That’s why you need help from Tech House. We’ll assess, remediate, and train you for your journey through the cyber forest ahead. Just click here. You know you want to.

Remember the Beatles. You can get by with a little help from your friends.

Andrew Parker is an award-winning author whose books are available on Amazon. His novels are Chess Genius, Robots Running Wild, and Reality Gone Wrong. His short stories are The Chess Match, The Escape, Rat Story, On Being Bullied, Creep, Raggedy Ann, and Three Bears Soup. His next publication will be the first part of the Bitch Trailer Park series.