Letters to the West

seven years in Tibet-in-Exile (and counting …)

Privacy

The Oracle boss guy says “You have no privacy. Get over it.”

Some people say, “If you’re not doing anything wrong, you shouldn’t care who is seeing everything you are doing.”

Sure. But … “a” (as my father used to say) who decides what is “wrong”?,

and “b” there is some fundamental human, even animal, need for privacy, for protection of the individual, that if breached is very detrimental, and constitutes evil on the part of the one who violates it.

Privacy and the internet

  • Google touts Asian privacy model
    “This random approach to privacy is bad for citizens … because there is no clarity about what rights people have under various different regimes.
    Instead, the world … should sign on to the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) Privacy Framework, which to Fleischer’s mind, offers the best balance of private and commercial interests.”
  • Google changes Street View privacy policy [24 August 2007]
    “Google has changed its privacy policy on its Street View feature to obscure faces and car number plates on request.” Note this is “on request” … you have to “opt out” of having your private information or image spread all over the internet.
  • Don’t be evil, Google apps!
    “A series of developments raise the specter that remotely stored or created documents may be subject to subpoena or discovery all without the knowledge or consent of the document’s creators.”
  • Google: Our data retention is not data protection watchdogs’ business [6 July 2007]
    “The retention of search engine query data is a security matter and not one for Europe’s data protection officials, according to Google’s global privacy chief, Peter Fleischer …”
    Hmmm that sounds kinda like China’s squawk “Don’t interfere with our internal affairs”!
    Good article, and good comments on the page.
  • Microsoft and Yahoo! trumpet anti-Google privacy policies [23 July 2007]
    Woo woo. thanks so much, for pretending to protect us from yourselves.

Written by walker

14 September 2007 at 11:11 pm

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