[LINK] Professors Call Both Sides Wrong on Privacy

Jan Whitaker jwhit at melbpc.org.au
Thu Oct 26 13:24:57 AEST 2006

At 12:56 PM 26/10/2006, Geoff Ramadan wrote:
>The trouble is, that you cannot run a business (any business 
>including Government business) with out information.

True as far as it goes. But 'what' information? How much information? 
What quality of information? For what period of time? Going back how 
far? About how many people? At what age? In what circumstances? Held 
in what form? Distributed to whom? Accessible by whom? etc

I can as easily say:
"The trouble is, that you cannot run a business (any business 
including Government business) with out" customers.

If free market is a basic assumption, to counter those who reject 
regulation, then allow the customer to have equally free choice in 
the transaction and don't hold them to ransom over providing 
information that they don't need to divulge in order to participate. 
Note the use of the word 'need', not 'want'. There is a difference.


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