Are we giving away too much privacy for too little service?
Is it inevitable that we must give up our privacy in order to obtain "free" services from various Internet Providers?
How much is too much?
What's your formula?
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One solution to this potential dilemma is: let's give them so much information that they cannot process it in a meaningful way.
Seriously: the information pattern about the 'private' realm (and if you gonna start your research here, have fun figuring out what "privacy" really means for you) which you are giving to entities like internet companies can NEVER in any way be as meaningful as the information matrix you distribute through PERSONAL RELATIONSHIPS....
think about it!
they can spend billions in datamining tools and consultants (ooh, i should consider a professional change) and they will fail to find out what you think anyway!
Oct 3, 2013
Just for the records: yes i understood the question...
a) is it inevitable: no ... please educate yourself about the data you spread and how it is used
b) it is too much when you put something out there which you may be regret, like in personal relationships, if you say something to a friend which may create repercussions you rather would like to avoid
c) treat the internet as a person you don't trust that much
I like Martin's statement that you should "treat the internet as a person you don't trust that much".
As a matter a fact, you should keep in mind that when registering to a free service, you ARE the product that this service is selling to its real customers. You are the materials. So it is an euphemism to say you do not trust "him" :)
My formula is to give the info that the webservice I'm registrering in needs to know to serv me like I expect to be served. Not more. When registering, I'm trying to be as careful as I am when joining a professional meeting : I need to know - precisely - what i'm expecting from it. And just give what I cannot avoid giving.
We all need to apply some of the rules that celebrities apply since years: I easily get today more information about Andrew S Baker than I could get about Elizabeth Taylor 30 or 40 years ago.
Facebook generates 10 Tb of data per day. The "big data" challenge that IT will have to face the next 10 years is: "how can we process this amount of data to get something meaningfull" - and we'll find answers - be sure of that.