When Mashups Intrude on Privacy (CA Prop8)

While these contribution records are public record, the idea that your name and mapped street are online could be considered unnecessarily invasive. The mashup offers great information, but is the backlash and privacy invasion worth it?
I think the fight was lost long ago when we allowed phone directories to print names and addresses.

When Mashups Intrude on Privacy | Poynter Online - Al's Morning Meeting:


Michael Janke said...

To me - this is the part that matters:

Southern states sought to obtain membership lists of the NAACP in the name of the public's "right to know." Such disclosure would have destroyed the NAACP's financial base in the South and opened its supporters to threats and violence

Something like that mashup, had it been available at that time, could have significantly altered society (or prevented the alteration of society) in a very negative way.

We tend not to think that far ahead though.

DrInfoSec said...

I fully agree with you Mike; it may be that what was once needed might no longer. In other words, we needed this protection at the time that the NAACP was fighting for existence and its supporters for their lives.

Were the donors fully aware of the public nature of the donation record? Should there be a choice (i.e. opt-in or opt-out)?

I think Charles Davis said it best in a comment on the original post:
"It is worthwhile to consider how the traditional notion of privacy -- intimate matters near to a person's private sphere -- have been so deformed that now we have a discussion about hiding one's political donations? Amazing. That's what technology does to folks, though. It breeds fear."