by Mike Masnick

Filed Under:
brad burnham, control, podcast, privacy

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.

Reader Comments

Subscribe: RSS

View by: Time | Thread

  • identicon
    Anonymous Coward, 20 Nov 2014 @ 1:51pm

    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 .

    reply to this | link to this | view in chronology ]

  • identicon
    Anonymous Coward, 21 Nov 2014 @ 11:46am

    reply to this | link to this | view in chronology ]

  • identicon
    Jim Anderson, 28 Nov 2014 @ 6:54am


    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.

    reply to this | link to this | view in chronology ]

Add Your Comment

Have a Techdirt Account? Sign in now. Want one? Register here
Get Techdirt’s Daily Email
Use markdown for basic formatting. HTML is no longer supported.
  Save me a cookie
Follow Techdirt
Special Affiliate Offer
Anonymous number for texting and calling from Hushed. $25 lifetime membership, use code TECHDIRT25
Report this ad  |  Hide Techdirt ads
Report this ad  |  Hide Techdirt ads
Essential Reading
Techdirt Deals
Report this ad  |  Hide Techdirt ads
Techdirt Insider Chat
Report this ad  |  Hide Techdirt ads
Recent Stories
Report this ad  |  Hide Techdirt ads


Email This

This feature is only available to registered users. Register or sign in to use it.