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[4]: I agree with Schmidt
by boldingd on Fri 11th Dec 2009 17:22 UTC in reply to "RE[3]: I agree with Schmidt"
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I've noticed that too: I'm one of the most paranoid and privacy-conscious people I know, and yet I've made more than enough of my personal information available to track down, at the very least, my work contact information.

And I note, since it's kinda pertinent, that the fact that I could be personally identified has had a chilling effect; there have definitely been times when I haven't posted something, exactly and entirely because I've provided enough personal information in my profile that my real-world identity could be easily tied back to my OSNews forum account.

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