Digital Rights survey highlights social media and privacy paradox – Telegraph.co.uk

Once there was opposition to this. We used to baulk when pop-ups asked us if we didn’t mind so-and-so accessing or linking to our various networks, we used to say NO. Now, we’ve been worn down by these constant requests and we don’t give a toss. Too late now, an ebbing tide lowers all boats.

Consequently, traditional professions such as those espoused by the 500 writers who were trying to protect us, as well as journalism and those who practise music have seen their livelihoods crash. These are only the earliest ones, others are coming. Look at London’s Black Cab drivers, now under huge pressure from the likes of Uber.

The revolution is happening faster than anybody thought and it’s a complete blank sheet of paper for those who would snoop and be evil. Our children should despise us for not protecting them with a digital bill of rights… but then watch a teenager or so-called digital native use the internet, they’d sell their mothers to be more influential on Instagram.

A recent survey from Scoopshoot backs up this paradoxical attitude to giving away our digital rights but, and in less strident terms than before, wanting them to be protected as well.

Scoopshot calls itself a global leader in crowdsourced mobile content and runs a business that always ‘anyone’ to submit photos and videos to its store and be paid for them from the likes of brands and publishers.

The company claims more than 600,000 apps downloaded and companies such as Oxfam, News Corp and USA Today using its platform, its business model apparently being to prevent people giving away their content for free, so the survey it conducted may have more than a glint of self-interest.

Even so, the 2015 Digital Rights Survey is very useful data and sufficiently comprehensive, having been conducted across 1,254 individuals, representing dozens of countries and all adult age segments

It found that 70 per cent of respondents said they worried about how social networks use their uploaded photos and videos, and 88 per cent claimed that concerns over terms and conditions could cause them to deactivate a social media account. But not that worried obviously…

… because the survey also found that despite their concerns about privacy violations, less than 18 per cent of respondents said they ‘always’ read the terms and conditions they agree to when signing up for social platforms.

Indeed, 53 per cent of respondents said there was no point in reading terms and conditions because ‘you have to agree to them anyway’, while 37% said that terms and conditions just take too long to read. And so the evil beings took over because the lazy hoi polloi decided they couldn’t be arsed.

“The Digital Rights Survey suggests that privacy is a powder keg. Social networks may set it off accidentally by abusing user content, or users may begin to speak up and demand protections from social providers.

“Either way, the survey shows that it is high time to discuss digital rights and reach a consensus between user and networks. The conversation has been too one-sided’, said Petri Rahja, founder and CEO of Scoopshot.

Rahja’s comments make perfect sense, but seem another powerless cry in the digital wilderness. Current indicators are that if we are to be given any protection from digital infringement, it would have to be somebody disproportionately famous (not a writer, politician or mobile entrepreneur), who could make a Digital Bill of Rights a reality.

That one-man cavalry can only be one man and as he enters his forties, perhaps he needs this more stately and appropriate challenge. David Beckham, you can be the new Tom Paine, our new all-protecting hero.

Take us into the future with a new Digital Bill of Rights that will defend it. The gauntlet has been laid, please pick it up… you know it makes sense. Do it for the writers! Do it for Nick Clegg! Do it for Scoopshot! Do it for us!