An Expectation of Online Privacy

Bruce Schneier: "This isn't a technological problem; it's a legal problem. The courts need to recognize that in the information age, virtual privacy and physical privacy don't have the same boundaries. We should be able to control our own data, regardless of where it is stored. We should be able to make decisions about the security and privacy of that data, and have legal recourse should companies fail to honor those decisions."


For a very long time, if a person was to "google' my name, they would find little or (blessedly) nothing on me.

That became a thing of the past when I joined and allowed my Family Tree to go public. Not only was my private information picked up by one of those infamous people search sites, so was the information I posted about my family (mis-spellings, corrections and all).

I have had most of my information removed, but it took writing a company, sending a copy of my DL (sans s.s.#) to have it all removed.

It was very disconcerting to find out that private companies go through other websites and glean information about private citizens....selling the information for premium prices.

We have a bill that is being pushed through the legislature in CA, that will disallow the banking industry to sell your private banking history, credit scores & spending history (where, what & when) to other companies that are not affiliated with the bank. You have to love California!

I have the right to my privacy, which is why when I open an e-mail account, blog, or website many times I'll use not my own legal name.

I learned the hard way, unfortunately some people still are in the dark about this type of thing.


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