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Re: Scary?
  • 1/29/2013 12:17:44 PM
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A Ponemon Institute study has found that 59 percent of respondents believe their privacy rights are being diminished by social media, smart devices and geo-tracking.

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Re: Government response
  • 1/29/2013 12:12:39 PM
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Monday marked the fourth annual Data Privacy Day, and saw two major tech companies observing it by working to increase public awareness of the ease at which governments worldwide can access online data, reports CNN. Twitter released its latest transparency reportoutlining government requests for data, including more detail this year, and Google followed up on its report released last week with calls for more stringent protections for users' data. Google's chief legal officer said, "We want to be sure we're taking our responsibilities really seriously," adding, "we are going to make sure that governments around the world follow standards and do this in a reasonable way that strikes the balance."

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Government response
  • 1/29/2013 12:10:48 PM
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The Maryland Attorney General's Office just created a new unit aimed at addressing privacy online, including cybersecurity, cyberbullying, company privacy policies and the enforcement of the Children's Online Privacy Protection Act, reports The Washington Post. While criminal activity is a problem, Attorney General Douglas Gansler said the Internet Privacy Unit isn't "under a criminal rubric. This is about the information you're putting online—to whom it's being disseminated, to who your information is being sold to, for commercial gain." (Registration may be required to access this information.)
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Re: Scary?
  • 1/29/2013 11:46:43 AM
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Absolutely scary.  As much as I like to think that all this data on me is disjointed and yes maybe more data hides my personal data a little, and maybe it's all aggregate or I'm just a number and the personal stuff is separate from the buying habits.  I cannot believe, at the rate of innovation and change that any one of these things will persist indefinetly.  Some of these are considered 'problems' to be 'solved' and the tools get better every few months it seems.  We will never have the kind of privacy that we once enjoyed and that is too bad, I believe something magical is lost.  A little quiet place in your mind is destroyed.  I little impulse to be silly because no one is watching or just your family and freind are watching will be gone forever.  I think privacy is something we should cherish.  Just my humble opinion.

Hey Big Data
  • 1/28/2013 1:35:22 PM
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I am ambivalent about big-data. While I see the value and positives that big-data can deliver, I hesitate to drink the Kool-Aid when I read stories like the Google settlement to Apple over Safari tracking or Facebook coughing up 20 million for exploiting users' pictures to endorse products. Ultimately, I trust people but I have trouble trusting companies.

Re: Scary?
  • 1/28/2013 1:15:17 PM
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It doesnt bother me, I think privacy is very subjective at this point. I have said this in the past, and will say again, but I think the more data and info there is out there regarding us the more privacy we will actually have, and the upside benifits do not hurt. I say open the flood gates. 

Re: Scary?
  • 1/28/2013 1:04:01 PM
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Hi Noreen. I think we need to be a little scared, for privacy reasons. Tons of good will -- is already -- coming out of the ability to analyze big-data but there's tons of potential for companies to cross the line, too.

Scary?
  • 1/28/2013 12:35:53 PM
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Or not? What do you think?



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