Redefining Privacy In An Age When All Is Known And Searchable

from the life-under-super-google dept

While lots of people are complaining about this or that "privacy" question (see the overhyped discussion about Gmail and privacy), some are pointing out that people are focusing in on minor issues and ignoring the very big questions concerning privacy. There's no doubt that the rise of big databases and better searching techniques means that information is being collected and connected like never before. However, instead of just focusing on whether or not Google should place contextual ads in our email, shouldn't we take a step back and look at the bigger questions about who has control over your information? The article linked above tries to re-frame the debate, saying that we first need to have that discussion, and set up a framework which will allow people to better deal with the more specific minor issues like ads in our emails.

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