Hey, it’s nice when you agree with the Government’s interpretation of how the future is going to shake out.
Donald Kerr is the USA’s Dept. of Intelligence Deputy Director and noted correctly:
Protecting anonymity isn’t a fight that can be won. Anyone that’s typed in their name on Google understands that.
… Our job now is to engage in a productive debate, which focuses on privacy as a component of appropriate levels of security and public safety,”
Wait a minute….maybe the Government is just (finally) coming around to agreeing with me as I’ve been noting for about two years now that online privacy is an oxymoron. Hey, here’s another online privacy is a mirage post!
We don’t (actually, cannot) know where many of our pictures and data and writing and comments and email is stored, we don’t know who misquotes us, scrapes our content, has our credit card data and medical records, reads our email, or even know if we own what we write (many reviews sites will claim they own *your* reviews).
It’s actually *not* as big a deal as one might think. This is the brave new world of onliners and the benefits of the information explosion easily and dramatically trump the handful of privacy pitfalls. If this were not the case we’d have seen a *lot* more trouble by now.