Privacy is one of the hot issues of the day – and when we say ‘of the day’ we usually tend to think about today and the current matters going on, as if there has never been a yesterday. However, what one must have in mind is that privacy has been the case ever since humanity exists. Humans have always tried to protect nothing else than … information! Since their fellow humans were after what they are after still today: access to resources! And in order for the cave of treasures to open, one must know the password; one must know how to say ‘Open Sesame’, which actually counts for the very key to fortunes and prosperity, to success and growth.
History shows that information has always been the most precious of the treasures that humans had to guard. Think about the dawn of time, when hunters were gathered in closed groups and one had to pass a harsh initiation process, which was nothing else than a test on whether one could keep the secret … or not. It seems that information was vital ever since then. Hunters forming closed groups were doing nothing else than to protect information about resources, such as the best hunting spots, the best weapons, the best techniques. Of course, they had their competitors: other competing hunting groups, which were after the same thing…
As the world turned around and humanity evolved, information still kept on being the most precious. Just think about the political twists and turns of the Roman Empire. Julius Caesar would have never been ‘defeated’ if there had not been for secrecy; some secretive few protected a piece of information, one that only they knew and kept safer than safe, a piece of information that Caesar never found out about – otherwise, history would have surely been different. And this is how power was lost by one and gained by others even back then!
Taking a big leap in time, let’s take a look at those days of the big geographical discoveries that marked the 15th and 16th centuries. What do we learn from there? We learn that what mattered most back then was still information – maybe much more than the gold that was exploited in the new conquered lands. Eventually, it leaked, it got sold and bought, it got away from the hands of some to the hands of others and, so, access to resources had to be shared among more than one power (which was Spain back then). Also, during the industrial revolution in the 18th and 19th centuries information was still at the basis of prosperity – so many patents and secrets must have been sold and bought, so that some industrialists to make it better than others. Advanced data protection services did not exist back then, so that to safeguard one’s own business and its steady and future well-being. But what it did exist was a sort of contest, a hunger for information…
There were world wars and conflicts that shook the world’s history. And even then – or maybe especially during those times of intense torment – information was vital. Whoever had it, could win the war. Not to mention the Cold War, which actually might have meant nothing else but a chess game between East and West, played on a board which was actually the world’s map. The peons, though, were precious – as these were real people, sent from one side to another for nothing else than gathering, gaining, buying or selling… information.
Was it any different than the times today? Maybe. But what has not changed at all is the importance of information and data protection matters. Nowadays we have reached the highest speed in the exchange or flow of information that humanity has ever experienced. This is due to the new technological advancements, one of them being also the use of internet. However, data protection has never been more important than at the present moment. That is why nowadays we also have specialized companies in offering nothing else than the antidote: data protection services, as the guarantee to the steadiness and well being of your business.
By looking back in time and then by witnessing today’s progress, I am sometimes proud of having been born today, in the era of smart solutions – maybe smarter than ever! So, let’s all enjoy the benefits of it!