Privacy Is in the Eye of the Beholder
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Private vs. public data
  • 7/9/2015 9:54:55 PM


I responded "Other".

The assault on individual privacy I see as a huge and very troubling problem. However, efforts by major public entities to keep general data private (i.e., not data on individuals, but data resulting from general research and other non-invasive efforts) I see also as a serious problem. 


Re: Freebies and privacy
  • 7/6/2015 5:25:07 PM

Another difference is how the data is used.

NSA gathers loads of data, but the overwhelming majority is never used for anything. And it's not apparent to me at least, that any NSA data has been used in a ways that people whould object to.

On the other hand, FB, Google and others exist to gather and use your data. They do use it and you will not always know how. And if you did, you would not always like it.


Re: Freebies and privacy
  • 7/6/2015 12:15:31 PM

Correct, Facebook and others certainly know more about most of us than does the NSA. I would add that our "trusted" retailers know still more about us. Imagine what a clothing retailer could do with our data if they chose to really monetize it (and, maybe they are doing so now). For example, what would weight loss companies pay a department store to know who is buying a size larger than they used to? Or what would a sneaker or fitness products outlet pay to know that we are down a size? In other markets, what do Comcast and Verizon Wireless know about my communications (beyond what they might already have fed to NSA). "Private" browser window or "Incognito" in Chrome?

Maybe I'm just feeling suspicious today.

Freebies and privacy
  • 7/5/2015 6:11:15 PM

So far, I'm not at all surprised that the "respect" response is leading the poll, or that "situational privacy" is number two. What's less clear to me is how many people are aware of how much privacy they sacrifice with free services like Facebook or Hotmail or Google. Worry about the NSA all you like; what the tech giants know about us (and how they profit from it) ought to concern us a lot more.