Facebook is a trade. You give up some privacy and in return you get access to a “free” social network where you can talk to your friends and family.
You might think this is a fair trade, and that’s not unreasonable: two billion people seemingly agree with you. But Mark Zuckerberg sure seems to value his privacy, to the point where it’s impossible to rummage through his trash.
Joe Veix, writing for The Outline, actually tried. Turns out at least four people stand guard by Zuckerberg’s house, and it’s hard to even get close to the trash bin without them noticing. This is stunt journalism, sure, but it’s an amusing read, and it makes a good point: the rich can afford levels of privacy the rest of us cannot.
Here’s Veix’s conclusion:
It’s interesting to ponder the ways in which privacy can be a privilege only for the wealthy. Not everyone can afford an army of hired goons and corporate secret police, an absurd wall in their backyard, and a buffer zone of razed lots around their house. Might similar class privileges someday extend into our digital lives? In the future, who will have the luxury of owning their data? Mostly, though, it’s hard to ignore the irony of all of this. If only Mark Zuckerberg cared about the privacy of the rest of the world as much as he did his own.
It’s not likely Zuckerberg will ever value your privacy that much. Maybe you should.