Monday, 18 October, 2021

Must heighten cyber security for future

Social media users must be more cautious about their activities online in the future. Recall that in 2010 Facebook had sold to Cambridge Analytica the personal data of  millions of its users without their knowledge what to talk about taking their consent. The fact remains that Facebook has done it once, so what’s to stop it from doing it again? Albeit, in a different way this time maybe. Whatever the purpose - political or business, it puts the privacy of individual users in jeopardy, which cannot be overlooked.

Now Facebook Messenger is adding new security measures enabling secret conversations, having end to end encryption. This surreptitiously implies that conversations which are not “secret” may be accessed by others. In case of any new changes or additional regulations in any of the social media platforms, users should read between the lines of the clauses to safeguard themselves and their family members from internet predators. We have to use the internet to communicate with friends and family, but we must always be cautious about sharing sensitive personal information. 

We appreciate that the Bangladesh Telecommunication Regulatory Commission (BTRC) has successfully blocked some 22,000 porn and gambling websites in the country. Such blockages against pornography, gambling, violent games, etc. must be an ongoing war to safeguard our people. 

Recently, on the High Court’s question regarding the BTRC’s role in removing unsavoury contents from the various social media platforms, as users we are disappointed at the BTRC claiming total helplessness. If the regulatory body cannot block or censor the content that is accessed by all the users in the country including minors, then it makes our young generation vulnerable to sites which are violent, pornographic or lure them into gambling and other negative activities.

There should be intensively trained cyber security experts, who can provide necessary security solutions under such circumstances. In any case we must prepare our country for more critical situations coming up in the future.

No matter what, it is the responsibility of the authorities to find ways out of the quagmire of cyber attacks on our cultural and moral values. Where there is a will there is always a way! There is nothing called impossible in this age of super scientific communication technology. Giving up without trying cannot be an option.