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: He IS Right
by AdamW on Fri 11th Dec 2009 16:27 UTC in reply to "He IS Right"
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"Like he said "get over it" and if you don't want someone to know something personal, don't post it on Facebook or your blog."

Where does this have anything to do with facebook or your blog? That's not at all related to the topic.

To a small extent you're right, in that personal privacy is a social construct. That's precisely why those organizations that are key to society (which, these days, includes Google) should place a high value on it. It's the _reason_ they should, not an excuse that means they don't have to.

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RE[2]: He IS Right
by l3v1 on Sun 13th Dec 2009 09:42 in reply to "RE: He IS Right"
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Where does this have anything to do with facebook or your blog? That's not at all related to the topic.

I think it is. If you post information about yourself that you consider private for public access, then you really shouldn't be surprised if it is indexed. It's that simple.

I don't like what he says - it's the same old "if you've got nothing to hide, you've got nothing to fear" story -, but posting something and then crying about it being found, that's stupid.

Edit: about search and browsing habit information storage: there are some ways to hide/scramble what you're doing, so it's partially your task to be responsible in covering your tracks - evein if you're doing nothing wrong - it's the world we live in

Edited 2009-12-13 09:44 UTC

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