Peer-To-Peer Systems Can Create Privacy Risks

from the thanks-for-the-obvious dept

Congress is apparently holding hearings on the dangers of file sharing networks, and they’re getting an earful of useless information. A researcher told them (absolutely correctly) that people using file sharing software often accidentally expose private information by sharing their documents folder or even their whole harddrive so that others can access it. This is true – but when presented this way, there’s little reason to doubt that Congress will blame the entire concept of file sharing – and not the fact that these examples are cases where the file sharing software has been poorly implemented. Just because people can accidentally create privacy risks, doesn’t mean the whole concept is bad.

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