Linked by David Adams on Fri 11th Dec 2009 01:25 UTC
Privacy, Security, Encryption I was reminded of Sun Microsystems' Scott McNealy's infamous sound byte (used as the title of this article) when I read about Google CEO Eric Schmidt's foot-in-mouth moment during a recent CNBC interview (YouTube Link). Here's what Schmidt said: "I think judgment matters. If you have something that you don't want anyone to know, maybe you shouldn't be doing it in the first place. If you really need that kind of privacy, the reality is that search engines -- including Google -- do retain this information for some time and it's important, for example, that we are all subject in the United States to the Patriot Act and it is possible that all that information could be made available to the authorities."
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RE: Individuality != Privacy
by izomiac on Fri 11th Dec 2009 06:44 UTC in reply to "Individuality != Privacy"
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Individuality, in this context, is the state of being distinct from others. It generally implies that an individual is slightly different from other individuals, although this isn't a technical requirement. People, to validate their own choices and quirks, tend to object to some of these differences, insisting that their way is the best.

Privacy protects one's ability to be different in objectionable ways. Without it one is forced to defend one's behavior. This will cause most people to take the easier route of not "being honest about who you are and what you believe". Therefore, privacy has absolutely everything to do with individuality, for if we lacked individuality there would be no need for privacy.

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