Privacy Please

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last posted Jan. 31, 2014, 2:03 a.m.
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The word "Surveillance" is generally used to describe the monitoring of someone suspected of wrongdoing. I found one paper that also referenced an alternate definition as "the systematic collection and monitoring of personal data for the purpose of social control".

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Interesting article from a couple of years ago on the topic of paying for privacy.

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The point of this stream was not to ponder some sort of distopian future where our information is used against us, but the way things are headed, it certainly seems a plausible outcome. Information is power. And in the Roger Clarke paper I noted earlier, he stated that "Surveillance is an element of tyranny." I don't think there's any disputing that. The thing I think that I'm concerned with is that the longer we go without bucking the trend, the more likely I think it is that our personal data and the data that's collected about us via our various electronic tethers, will be leveraged in nefarious ways we could never have imagined.