Monday, June 24, 2013

What is private data?

There is really no such thing as "private communication". There is nothing that prevents the "private" gmail one has sent a boyfriend of girlfriend from being made public by that very same boyfriend or girlfriend if they choose to do so (for whatever reason, e.g. they might have gotten mad at you). The only truly private data we have is what we keep in our own brains. (For now!) But practical limits should be made on how or so-called private data (whether in the hands of a corporation or a government) could be exposed or abused, and that only the government can do through law.

Re: Privacy and the Threat to the Self