Re: States' rights?
10 posts • joined 12 Feb 2007
Ashlee I really enjoyed your article. I have serious concerns with data privacy but I don't fear Google collecting my buying habits. Mixing private and public use of behavioral data into the one category is a mistake.
Private use of data (google, amazon et al) is benign or laughable at worst and beneficial at best. It saves me time rummaging around for what I want to buy when I log into my amazon account (although it bums me to be reminded that I am in fact a stereotype).
The real danger is government use of this data. They're the ones with the coercive power to do nasty things with the data. All a company can do is beg me to buy something it sells. Only when the companies give their data over to the government does it become a real threat to our lives. Or of course when they lose a laptop with my bank details on it.
Comments pages are rife with spotty little anger merchants who seem to spend their spare time getting indignant.
Seems like if you open up a comment facility you are just asking for your site to be littered with screaming incoherence.
I was a little surprised by the lack of footnotes to support the premise that some are claiming ESP in Whales but I didn't immedietely feel that we needed to hang Dr Juan's head on the closest pike.
Grow up children.
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