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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Good article
by StephenBeDoper on Fri 11th Dec 2009 03:02 UTC
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There's also a big difference between personal information that's being kept for a matter of convenience and information that's being kept because it's integral to the service's function.


Exactly. That's one of the issues that the Canada's "Personal Information Protection and Electronic Documents Act" attempted to address. According to the act, any organization that collects personally-identifiable information must provide a privacy policy that outlines what information is collected, how that information is used, and how long it will be retained.

Of course, PIPEDA is also a good example of what *not* to do - since it's been almost entirely un-enforced in the 5 years since it was made federal law.

To some extent, privacy gadflies are both paranoid and shrill.


You're just saying that because you're a tool of the man!!!!! (sorry, couldn't resist)

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RE: Good article
by BluenoseJake on Fri 11th Dec 2009 19:49 in reply to "Good article"
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2005-08-11

Actually, I think PIPEDA does do some good, at the university I work at, if you decide not to attend, your info is deleted after 1 year.

This is to stay in compliance with PIPEDA, even if it is not widely enforced, the University decided to err on the side of caution, so even if it is not enforced, it MAY be enforced in the future, so a lot of organizations adopted policies just in case.

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RE[2]: Good article
by StephenBeDoper on Fri 11th Dec 2009 20:10 in reply to "RE: Good article"
StephenBeDoper Member since:
2005-07-06

Actually, I think PIPEDA does do some good, at the university I work at, if you decide not to attend, your info is deleted after 1 year.


It is beneficial to have guidelines, but the lack of enforcement means that they are treated only as guidelines/suggestions.

The biggest example I can point to is the Domain Registry of Canada - they collect personally-identifiable info from the WHOIS database for their domain slamming scam, a clear violation of PIPEDA I'd say. Yet they're still at it, half a decade after PIPEDA became federal law.

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