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The metaverse is an immersive virtual reality version of the internet where people can interact with digital objects and digital representations of themselves and others and can move more or less freely from one virtual environment to another. It can also involve augmented reality.
As it is an evolving technology, safeguarding privacy online is of utmost importance. Combined digital and real reality, or Metavers, will provide us with vast amounts of information – so we can expect to discover new ways to process and work with this data. In the meantime, it is important to understand how to deal with various privacy issues that come along with this technology.
Social media is currently used by about 45% of the world’s population, according to analyticsinsight.net. As government officials have not developed any restrictions or regulations regarding social media data use, it is impossible to estimate the amount of information that accumulates on users. Recent years have witnessed an increase in phishing attempts, botnets, and malware distributed via social media for the purpose of collecting sensitive information. All of these challenges are unlikely to disappear with the advent of the Metavers, and we might have to prepare for the exact opposite – a world where our personal data will be more exposed than ever before.
Furthermore, there is the issue of the Matavers’ hardware and related devices. Metavers will probably need to utilize different devices to collect data that hasn’t been collected before, In the current state of the development of the Metaverse, most proponents propose a new set of hardware technologies. In order to obtain the best results, an eyepiece will capture both eye and head movements in order to give the complete picture. Additionally, they will also collect data on facial reactions and hand movements. Besides fingerprints, this hardware will also be able to capture iris biometrics. This new data will offer a variety of new insights, but it also poses a complex challenge when it comes to securing private information.
The Metaverse is not yet a major part of our reality, but many companies, including Google and Facebook, are vying to make it one. On the way there, it will be of value to remember that security and privacy concerns will not just go away on their own, but will require comprehensive and varied care.