Originally Posted by W2R
I wonder if younger folks, like Millenials for example, even understand privacy and why we value it so. They have grown up in a different world.
Mostly those born after 2000 seem to have a very different experience. I'm a borderline 'millenial', highly value my privacy. Others not so much. It doesn't seem to differ much from my parents. E.g. Mom doesn't care about privacy ("I have nothing to hide"), Dad is paranoia (removed the house from google street view for example).
It is harder for young ones to escape parental and government supervision though, but many (most?) actually welcome that: help is just a click away. Sacrificing liberty for safety (sound familiar
My grandfather apparently redid his first year at university without his parents knowing. The current kids can't jaywalk without a text message arriving at their parents.
What I think will happen is that the rebels and privacy-lovers of previous generations will still be there in new generations, they'll just navigate the waters differently and there will be fewer of them. Hopefully those few are enough to protect us all.
Alternatively that group might go increasingly to the outer fringes of society. Out of the cities, out of internet sight, away from the banking system etc ..
Or they will self-organize and establish new rules in their own community, or move to other communities. The EU for example (certainly Germany) is much more aware of what privacy is worth then the US it seems (on a macro-level). Much of that has to do with the secret police experiences of the 1980s in eastern Europe (Stasi for example).