[LINK] Bruce Schneier: Privacy eroded in virtual world
Deus Ex Machina
vicc at cia.com.au
Sun Feb 27 14:03:16 EST 2005
rchirgwin at ozemail.com.au [rchirgwin at ozemail.com.au] wrote:
> >Privacy is a still a right in all democracies on this planet ...
> >Shneier and the boys are simply pointing out that it'll become a
> >privilege (and an expensive one) if we don't deal with the issue now.
> Exactly, Frank.
> Businesses in general may also consider that if they insist on making
> privacy an 'expense' for the population at large, then that itself eats
> into the economy. Moreover, even if the RSA survey recently (here for
> example: http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/technology/4273135.stm) is only
> partly accurate, then actually the punters are already voting with their
this is just the classic greying and obfuscation we have come to love
and expect from you. you tie up two vaguely related issues with the
underlying intent to force through the weaker one.
firstly we take privately very seriously. secondly the government has
already dealt with privacy.
privacy breaches and theft are two separate issues. criminals where
pilfering credit card details long before it became an issue on the net.
for example numerous restaurants have had over the years merchant status revoked
because staff where pilfering credit card details. thats only incidentally a
privacy issue, its first and foremost a criminal issue.
you want to make a point about crime online then you have a point. crime
online is becoming prolific. try and link that to privacy then you have
the wrong suspect. you are wasting your time. you are not going to stop
crime online by strenghtening privacy. you are flogging the wrong horse.
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