Privacy is an Inside Job

Doc Searls is an American journalist, columnist, and a widely read blogger, co-author of The Cluetrain Manifesto and author of The Intention Economy: When Customers Take Charge, a fellow at the Center for Information Technology & Society (CITS) at the University of California, Santa Barbara, and an alumnus fellow (2006–2010) of the Berkman Center for Internet & Society at Harvard University. He has written an interesting article about privacy that I would suggest should be required reading for everyone, especially for the politicians and government bureaucrats who are working to reduce the privacy of all citizens.

Here are several quotes from the article:

“It helps to remember that nature in the physical world doesn’t come with privacy. We have to make our own. Same goes for the networked world.”

“… privacy on the Internet is very controversial. Evidence: searching for “privacy” brings up 4,670,000,000 results. Most of the top results are for groups active in the privacy cause, and for well-linked writings on the topic. But most of the billions of results below that are privacy policies uttered in print by lawyers for companies and published because that’s pro forma.

“Most of those companies reserve the right to change their policies whenever they wish, by the way, meaning they’re meaningless.”

“For real privacy, we can’t depend on anybody else’s policies, public or private. We can’t wait for Privacy as a Service. We can’t wait for our abusers to get the clues and start respecting personal spaces we’ve hardly begun to mark out (even though they ought to be obvious). And we can’t wait for the world’s regulators to start smacking our abusers around (which, while satisfying, won’t solve the problem).”

“If you’re working on privacy in any way — whether you’re a geek hacking code, a policy maker, an academic, a marketer trying to do the right thing, or a journalist working the privacy beat — remember this: Privacy is personal first. Before anything else.”

“It’s time to civilize the Net. And that’s an inside job.”

The full article may be found at: https://goo.gl/HlBg9A.

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