Privacy in the digital age

"Mobile phones thus constitute the world’s largest sensor network" writes Fred Crate in The Journal (UK). Writing about the erosion of Internet Privacy, Fred points to the amount of information we voluntarily disclose (e.g. photos on Flickr, MySpace and Facebook posts) and the information that government and businesses collect and share, often without our knowing.
Protecting privacy in the face of ubiquitous data requires many tools: technology, education, market pressure but most of all it requires strong laws that impose serious obligations on industry to act as stewards, not merely processors, of our data, and firm limits on government access to those data.
Can privacy concerns prevail, or even hold firm, in the face of national security threats? Seeing how some of the more privacy-minded governments around the world have swiftly disposed of their citizens' concerns and embraced the all-seeing eye of omni-present surveillance, we will likely see more erosion of our privacy rights, in the name of the greater good. Is it worth it? Only time will tell. 1984, here we come!

Src: Internet privacy: Mind your own business | The

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