[LINK] The Perpetual, Invisible Window Into Your Gmail Inbox
Roger.Clarke at xamax.com.au
Sat Feb 11 14:30:24 EST 2012
At 12:55 +1100 11/2/12, Kim Holburn wrote:
>You can give strange companies access to your gmail. How could that go wrong?
>> Wired Opinion: The Perpetual, Invisible Window Into Your Gmail Inbox
>> But since Gmail added oAuth support in March 2010, an increasing
>>number of startups are asking for a perpetual, silent window into
>> I'm concerned oAuth, while hugely convenient for both developers
>>and users, may be paving the way for an inevitable privacy meltdown.
Whether you're concerned depends on your point of view.
40 years' privacy advocacy (yep, 1972 was when I tripped into it) has
taught me that it doesn't matter how good your analysis, and how
convincing your argument (to you at least), 'privacy doesn't matter
until it does'.
So the strategic bit of me wants, and is dependent on, "an inevitable
The tactical bit, and the SNAG part of me (if any), hopes that the
damage to the suckers won't be too great before the meltdown occurs.
Longstanding alternative .sig for people who write to me using gmail:
If you want to talk, please send me a message from a proper account.
Here's why I don't communicate with people at Gmail addresses:
See also the letter a bunch of us signed almost 8 years ago, when
Gmail was launched: http://www.privacyrights.org/ar/GmailLetter.htm
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