Wednesday, June 01, 2011

Thoughts On Our Vanishing Privacy

Google CEO, Eric Schmidt once said, "if you have something that you don't want anyone to know, maybe you shouldn't be doing it in the first place."

Mark Zuckerberg, Facebook CEO, said, "The age of privacy is over."

Scott McNealy, chief executive officer of Sun Microsystems said,
"You have zero privacy anyway. Get over it."
"The right to be let alone – the most comprehensive of rights and the right most valued by civilized men." – Supreme Court Justice Louis Brandeis, Olmstead v. U.S., 277 U.S. 438 (1928)

The American Library Association (ALA) states its position on privacy well, "The right to privacy is the right to open inquiry without having the subject of one's interest examined or scrutinized by others.... Privacy is essential to the exercise of free speech, free thought, and free association....When users recognize or fear that their privacy or confidentiality is compromised, true freedom of inquiry no longer exists... best practice leaves the user in control of as many choices as possible. These include decisions about the selection of, access to, and use of information. Lack of privacy and confidentiality has a chilling effect on users' choices. All users have a right to be free from any unreasonable intrusion or surveillance..."

Some of the privacy and security titles we have access to, courtesy of our friends over at Last Earth Distro.

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