On Wednesday, Fox News’ The Five host Meghan McCain and her panel discussed the state of the world of algorithms.
The panelists debated how much information is at risk and how much privacy it is important to protect.
McCain argued that privacy in algorithms is at a “low point” and said she’s been getting calls from people worried about algorithms being used for bad things.
McCain pointed to a recent example of a Google algorithm being used to sell people on a drug to help them stay awake.
McCullin also argued that people are concerned about algorithmic privacy because of the amount of data that is being collected and stored on our smartphones.
The debate was focused on the rise in algorithmic theft.
While algorithms can be used to identify fraudsters, the real problem is that they can also be used by governments to collect data about people, McCain said.
“They can also go on and collect data from people to identify people, including their location,” McCain said, “And if you think about it, the more information we have, the less privacy we have.”
“It’s the most intrusive of all of these technologies,” McCain added.
“It’s really hard to separate the fact that algorithms are being used in all sorts of ways from a concern about the government’s collection of data.”
“I think there is a concern, especially in the U.S., that the government is going to be collecting information about our private lives, which means that they will have access to all of our communications and all of the data they need,” McCain continued.
“And I think that that is an existential threat to the privacy of the American people.”