Seriously? Why shouldn’t I have power over any data that references me? Or at least decide who has that data and what purposes it can be used for.
Progress and innovation concerning the exploiting of my personal information should have a trillion laws attached to it. If it wasn’t such a mind field of “questionable integrity” you wouldn’t need to have ten lawyers on call. But because you choose to constantly find loopholes in the system, you have to have them to help you violate peoples lives. They are called “Privacy” laws for a reason, to protect my privacy.
Suppose you and I were doing business. And for no real reason I asked for your phone number, home address, and if you own your home or rent. Would you give it to me? Even if it really wasn’t necessary for the purchase? Or perhaps I just wanted an email address. I mean, hey, I need it so I can email you some coupons. It’s a “service” we provide to you. You know, to better your shopping experience with us. According to you, that would be just fine, right? Good. Because now, in the name of “Progress and Innovation” I’m going to sell your information to the highest bidder. I don’t even care what they are going to do with it. They however will find out your “personal” information, like; your email, phone, home address, what you’ve purchased and how you paid for it. That company can then aggregate that information with other “lists” it has bought, and sell that information to a fourth party marketing firm… so on and so forth. But I’m sure you know very well how it works, don’t you. Ultimately that information can go anywhere. Even to places you’d rather it didn’t. Some places it be accessed by people like myself, and some of them aren’t as honest as I am.
How does that sound, Ryan?
3126 StJames St.
Tamp Bay, Fl. 31762
Who drives an orange pinto, and buys pink condoms in bulk with his male friend Kevin.
What? Not you? Well, I’m sure it’s somebody. And under the new law they would be able to have this stricken from the site. ;)
You sound like a marketing manager for a time share company. To say that society can't progress without companies having the ability to gather your personal information and use it in whatever way they want, is in short, an idiotic statement.
I'm all for free speech, believe me. And I take great care in not spreading my life throughout the internet for any jackass marketing firm to gather up. But more often then not, it's the companies we do business with that seem to think it's okay to take whatever information they can get from us and sell it to other companies that feel the need to post this information somewhere. "Hey look, once a week Jack rents porn from the local DVD store!" That's none of their business. And now Jack's neighbors can see what Jack's favorite is. Oh and while they're at it, lets see what his credit score is too. "Uh oh... he's late on his mortgage again."
Is this really the advancement of society?
There is a fine line to free speech and personal privacy. I should be able to say what I want about who I want in my blog, as long as I've spoken the honest truth. That doesn't mean I want the government to know what books I'm purchasing or corporations to know that I just paid $7 for a box of Tampex. Catch 22? Perhaps. But without laws to define personal privacy in clarity, I'm subject to people like you, who want to send me a coupon for my next box of personal hygiene products. Thanks so much.