Internet privacy will be mostly gone by 2025, according to experts

Over 2,500 experts were interviewed.
By Thor Benson  |  Dec. 22, 2014 at 9:12 PM
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WASHINGTON, Dec. 22 (UPI) -- According to a new Pew Research Center report, most experts think internet privacy is on its way out.

The research center asked over 2,500 technology experts if politicians and technology innovators would create a trusted privacy-rights infrastructure by 2025, what is most likely to happen by then and the future of privacy in a broader sense.

55 percent of respondents said a "trusted privacy-rights infrastructure" would not exist by 2025.

Vytautas Butrimas, the chief adviser to a major government's ministry, said George Orwell may have been "optimistic" when imagining "Big Brother."

"Privacy will be the new taboo and will not be appreciated or understood by upcoming generations," wrote an anonymous responder.

"Public norms will continue to trend toward the desire for more privacy, while people's actions will tend toward giving up more and more control over their data," wrote Joe Kochan, the chief operating officer for US Ignite.

The report explains how people tend to want privacy, but they also want to share everything they're doing and thinking with their friends. The more people share, the more government and corporations can track and store the data to identify trends. Many experts noted the government is slow to build laws around technology, and the laws it creates often don't lean toward increased privacy. There is also the fact technology moves very quickly.

The report also explains that privacy and the defenses for privacy will continue to battle for the foreseeable future. Many experts noted that the cryptography that protects data and the programs made to break the cryptography are in an eternal "arms race."

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