The Facebook and Cambridge Analytica data harvesting scandal should make it clear to everyone to heed the warning, “If you’re not paying for the product, you are the product.” Public relations-wise, connecting everyone in the world is an admirable vision, but in business, it is secondary to potentially reaping economic or political gain from a huge user database.
Of course, I deleted my Facebook account that I specifically created to participate in my family reunion group. And I understand anyone who says that deleting doesn’t matter because there is no privacy in today’s world. My decision is personal. My veteran and employment records have been hacked at least four times in the last 15 years. So serious were the breaches that I have had free credit monitoring for years. Last year, someone attempted to take over my bank account… I’m not in the mood for more break-ins.