Archive | May, 2010

No Privacy

26 May

I think people have given up on having a sense of privacy online. Here is a comment from a local Social Media Group about his perception on the privacy issue in light of the latest Facebook questions.

What’s the big deal?

“Your privacy was dead long before Facebook made this change,” Schwartz said. “Privacy died a long time ago.”

Marketers have been collecting all kinds of personal data on web users for the better part of a decade, Schwartz said, and sometimes its more personal tidbits that anyone would be willing to share on Facebook. “Marketers aren’t doing this to be malicious, they’re doing it to optimize your web experience … to sell you a car.”

And it’s not just in Facebook. Anytime you send an e-mail, surf a website for a product, or offer an online review, information is captured, tracked and passed along to a marketer. The only way to opt out of the information sharing is to opt out of offering the information in the first place.

The bottom line is clear, Schwartz said: “Quit disclosing crap you don’t want people to see.”

If we think that we can control what others know by not posting things that we don’t want others to see, hear, read or infer we are missing the many uses of a social network.  You have no control of what others may post, say, photograph or capture on video.  I don’t think the problem is just about what we think we can control.  I think the problem with privacy is all of the data that we have no control over.


As our lives continue to become more and more digital we have more and more to try and control, in more and more places.  If we don’t start to manage all aspects of our digital selves and begin to think about how to approach this problem we will surely be unable to control it.

Don’t think that it is appropriate for others to have your personal data.  It just isn’t theirs.

Join our discussion about personal data.  Let us know what you think.

Changing the model of information management and protecting personal data is very important.

Protecting personal data cannot be accomplished if you give it to others.  Once it is shared it is not private.

We first need to realize there is another model, that supports the privacy of the individual and still allows society to function.

We need to define the problem and help build awareness of the issues and the alternatives.

We need to build a legal framework for a digital world that supports our beliefs, values and freedoms.

We need to develop laws that protect individuals personal data, privacy and property.

We need to re-tool the information management industry to honor and adhere to privacy laws and to develop their software applications in accordance with good privacy protection.

We need to have networks that support our information management digital world needs.  The current model is broken.  Access to information should not be metered, filtered, monitored, or restricted in any manner.  I call this open networking.  Network Neutrality is a framework for support the current model.

We need to gather our information into a single place that can be protected, supported and managed easily.  Each individual has his own information storage system and it only contains their information.  It serves a single individual.

We need to separate data and applications.  We need better data standards.  We need better applications. We need a new system for storing individual data.

We have to know that the world operates on information and we have to begin to understand the value of our information.  It is not free and should not be shared without our approval.  It is currency.  We need to value our information.

The individual’s freedom for the pursuit of happiness, for life and the expression of ourselves in our work, thoughts and deeds is dependent on having information that is reliable, truthful and accessible.   Without having control of your information your freedom is at risk.