Techdirt Podcast Episode 2: Privacy And User Control, With Brad Burnham

from the podcasting dept

Last week we launched our new Podcast. If you haven’t yet subscribed, please do. You’ll find all the episodes on Techdirt and on Soundcloud, though the best way is to subscribe via what ever podcatching software you use, so the file will magically show up for you when it’s ready. For that, you can subscribe via iTunes or the RSS feed.

This week’s podcast is actually a little different — because it just so happened that I was scheduled to be at the pii 2014 Conference — Privacy Identity and Innovation Conference — held in Palo Alto, interviewing venture capitalist Brad Burnham (from Union Square Ventures) on stage. So, we took that interview, and turned it into this week’s podcast. The official topic of the discussion was “The Paradox of Data Sharing” but it went way beyond that, getting into a discussion on user control over data and whether or not companies would give up that control.

Special thanks to Brad Burnham for taking part and also to the team at pii for inviting me, and letting us use the recording for the podcast. I highly recommend their events. They’ve put on great events for years, and this was another excellent one. Also, I do need to apologize about the sound quality. Something happens about a third of the way into the interview that messed with the sound levels. We’ve tried to correct for it as much as possible, but because of it there’s a lot more of a “hiss” noise than we’d normally like. Hopefully the discussion is interesting enough that it’s not too distracting.

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Anonymous Coward says:

I’d say first and foremost these companies need to adhere to the do not track headers , the responsibility falls squarely in their laps whether they like it or not “with great data collection power comes greater responsibility”
Look at cookies then super cookies , now canvas tracking everytime a user finds away to block their collection tactics they create something that moves around under or through it , that leaves it up to them to set down framework guidelines as a whole. then the user can make a decision on what to share and where to keep it .

Jim Anderson (profile) says:


Both of the people in this podcast are blinded by their own commercial self interest. The obvious answer is that that when the government demands the information there are almost no companies that can be trusted to even ask for a warrant. Adding a third company changes nothing. If you give me control of my data held by a third company I will delete everything except where my interests are not compromised. This is why large companies such as Apple want to create systems where they have no data to be extracted by the government. Many consumers may be to blind to the dangers but that does not mean that the dangers do not exist. Rape murder and robbery and still you tell me that I am free it all looks like madness to me.

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