Threats to Privacy are Socio-Technological
First what is Privacy? Wikipedia defines it as “Privacy (from Latin: privatus) is the ability of an individual or group to seclude themselves, or information about themselves, and thereby express themselves selectively”.
Privacy has a technical aspect as well as a socio-economical one. Threats to privacy are based on both. The digital privacy of emails is vulnerable due to both kinds of aspects.
Socio-economical aspects are often driven by monetization needs, politics, power, and other societal factors. These are sometimes defined by terms of privacy or agreements between parties. Privacy in this context is vulnerable to:
- Data mining by providers/storing companies for monetary benefits
- Even future change of terms are possible so unclear what may be possible in the future with one’s information
- Sometimes privacy violations are done without even notifying users
Technological aspects involve using technology to maintain the claims in the agreements. This is often called securing information. Leakage of privacy occurs however because of:
- Insiders (storing companies)
- Hacker attacks (users and storing companies)
- Poor passwords (users and storing companies)
- Phishing and Social Engineering attacks (users and storing companies)
- Implementation aspects and related vulnerabilities
Important to note that privacy violation requires a single compromise anytime in the future.
How is EPRIVO securing against these treats?
EPRIVO provides a new kind of seclusion for privacy that breaks these mentioned socio-technological vulnerabilities.
- Socio: content can’t be exploited by a provider since they can’t access it in entirety due to physical separation even if digital security would become vulnerable
- Technological side: a provider’s compromise can’t endanger privacy – same reason as above
- EPRIVO does this with convenience!