Why should you care about privacy?
Often, we don't value privacy until it's gone. But for anyone who has been the victim of identity theft, this lost privacy can mean months or years dealing with harassing debt collectors, police, credit bureaus and government agencies. For victims of stalking and harassment, lost privacy can mean that no place is safe - because our 'electronic footprint' makes it very difficult to live and work without creating a record that can be traced by a web-savvy stalker.
Lost privacy can also mean your personal information is collected, analyzed and shared by marketers, employers, insurance companies and the government without your knowledge or consent. You may learn your privacy has been compromised only after you've been added to the phone lists of charities, refused a job based on your Facebook profile or denied the ability to return a purchase because of previous returns to that store.
Oh God, not this same old privacy bullshit again. Guess what? If you're on the Internet, you're for sale, and you're being constantly tracked by any number of different state and corporate agents. The good news is that it doesn't really matter. It won't mean you'll be getting more spam (you'll get spam anyway) or junk mail (you'll get junk mail anyway). Being tracked was in no way hurting you before you discovered this and it's not hurting you now. -- nasreddin
nasreddin: "Seriously, I'd like the "OMG facebook is collecting your informationz!" crowd to offer one legitimate, serious objection to this kind of thing that isn't based on a fantasy about being an anonymous Internet renegade or whatever."
I think Facebook gets artificially low ratings in the WSJ analysis. They don't need to track you - it's their site you are on. They don't permit outside trackers because they don't need to.
I'd love to see some data on what percentage of people under 30 care about these sorts of privacy concerns.
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