Guess what day today is? Well if you are a techy/Geek, then you’d most likely answered, Data Privacy Day. For all my regualr readers , this is a day when we take timeout to to bring awareness about privacy and protecting users personal information. This day is a day that not only serves as a reminder, a reminder for us to never loose sight of the freedom/gift of privacy and security, a freedom which can be experienced in how we share data, most importantly video streaming and encrypted video streaming.
This day had its inception in the United States and Canada in year 2008 of January derived from a celebratory data protection day located in Europe. It all recognizes the signing of the convention 108 in the year of 1981 which was the initial treaty which was binding by law pertaining to data and privacy.
which we celebrate this day is to look at encryption and its uses around the world, and how its used to protect data, secure connections and adhere to anonymity. Video Streaming is one way in which we share information, news, movies, tutorials etc. Popular sites like youtube offer video streaming to millions of people per day , and similarly sites like netflix do the same. This method of data sharing has been around for years, and it offers flexibility and ease of use. Flexibility in that users are able to watch movies on different devices once they have a high speed data connection on a mobile or laptop. Ease of use because , no longer are we restricted by the task of having to download the video content first, now via a video player we can simply click play on the mobile device or laptop and the content begins to play. With the encrypted form of video streaming it all works the same way on the front end as before, but with way more security as all the channels and communication methods are totally encrypted and away from prying eyes. Encrypted video streaming, does have a higher computational foot print on backend servers, because it does more than just offer up media which is sitting on the server or CDN, it is decrypting on the fly the media and presenting it via an HTML5 or flash player to the end user.
More and more sites are moving away from this method of video streaming, where content passed over communication channels can be intercepted and captured by unauthorized individuals at any point in time from any point for deliver to reception.