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(2010-07-15) Bruce Schneier on privacy

I don't know if any of you read Bruce Schneiers excellent security news letter. But in the issue that came out in April 2010, Bruce has this to say about privacy:

"(...) you've got a whole lot of tech CEOs proclaiming the death of privacy -- especially when it comes to young people.

It's just not true. People, including the younger generation, still care about privacy. Yes, they're far more public on the Internet than their parents: writing personal details on Facebook, posting embarrassing photos on Flickr and having intimate conversations on Twitter. (...)

Here's the problem: The very companies whose CEOs eulogize privacy make their money by controlling vast amounts of their users' information. "

Now this is a bit unexpected to hear from Mr. Schneier. I like his reasoning, but I believe he is a bit to optimistic about the general knowledge of privacy among most people. When you hear about privacy, the discussion is always about governments spying on the people it should protect and respect. This is indeed a serious issue, but far fewer worry about corporation gathering your personal data. And almost noone fears the issue of ordinary people spying on and collecting information about other ordinary people.

What gives?

Posted: 2010-07-15 by Erik Zalitis
Changed: 2010-07-15 by Erik Zalitis

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