I remember years ago sitting around a boardroom table during which a senior executive was asked what measures he had taken to safeguard his email account and personal information on his computer. "None," he responded. "If someone wants to peer into my very boring and uneventful life, then all the more power to them."
Everyone around the table chuckled. This event took place before the widespread use of online banking, record-keeping, e-commerce, and social media, so what constituted online privacy even five years ago was a lot different than what it is today. Lately I've been thinking about that executive's remark against the backdrop of today's online technology. We live in an age during which a teenager in an eastern European country can hack into a global bank. Or when the owner of Wikileaks decides to release emails like in the case of the Panama Papers where 11.5 million leaked documents that detail financial and client information for more than 214,488 entities went public.