(2003 to 2005)

Privacy is a lost cause..

Sat Jun 5 09:54:00 UTC+1000 2004


I just thought I'd say something, that is pretty much always on my mind.

In case you didn't know, if you use the internet, you actually don't have privacy.

None. At all.

So there is no point in pretending that you do.

There are hundreds and thousands of companies holding lots of data about you, more data than you probably realise, and possibly more than they realise (although that is unlikely).

There's not really any point fighting it.

Instead, I think we need to re-think what our societal response to this is going to be.

It's not like privacy is sacred anyway.

What people actually want is to be able to conduct their lives free of manipulation or persecution.

If they didn't feel like they had to hide to do that, they wouldn't be so concerned about privacy.

In many ways, I'm a privacy advocate. At the same time, I'm realistic enough to know that it's a lost cause.

I think that's probably why I have this blog.

I just want to see what happens to me if I say things about myself honestly.

I'm kind of used to having my head kicked in for having a big mouth (or as I like to think of it, participating assertively) anyway.

And, it's not like anything I say wasn't already being held in confidence by someone I didn't trust..

So, you can't hide from the world.

You have to play.

If you don't like the rules, you should try to change them. Not hide from them.

Thus ends today's lesson. Go in peace my children. :)


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