Google Opt Out Feature Lets Users Protect Privacy By Moving To Remote Village
There’s been a slew of articles lately about Google and privacy, and recently one about Google monstering poor little media conglomerates. Just paranoia (or competitors panic-mongering), or is there a legitimate concern regarding a looming information monopoly?
Jeff Jarvis offers a non-Google-specific differing view on the whole principle of privacy in Transparency benefits us all, even when it hurts:
But I think we need to shift the discussion in this era of openness from the dangers to privacy to the benefits of publicness. It’s not privacy that concerns me, but control. I must have the right and means to keep my disease secret if I choose.
By revealing my cancer, I realise benefits, and so can society: if one man’s story motivates just one more who has the disease to get tested and discover it, then it is worth the price of embarrassment. If many people who have a condition can now share information about their lifestyles and experience, then perhaps the sum of their data can add up to new medical knowledge. I predict a day when to keep such information private will be seen by society as being selfish.
Then there’s the competition ratcheting up with the merger of Microsoft and Yahoo. Could it actually benefit our privacy concerns, if the data giants start competing on the grounds of privacy guarantees?