Slavik Markovich, CTO of Sentrigo: "Online privacy is dead, but the ramifications of that have yet to be felt. Too many people, have shared way too much personal information, demonstrating that they simply don't value privacy online. ... The concern here is not that these "information exhibitionists" are giving up their privacy, but the fact that this data is often used by financial institutions, online retail sites, telecommunications providers and other vendors for authentication. While the security vendors are putting in place systems to minimize vulnerability from hackers, and breach notification laws require companies to disclose when customer data has been compromised, we can't save people from themselves."
Is privacy dead or alive? Privacy advocates say it shouldn't be and that we need to be more careful about what we share and don't share online. Mark Zuckerberg, Eric Schmidt and others in similar positions say no one wants privacy anymore. And then there are those who stand to make a buck by convincing us that privacy is teetering on the edge of extinction, but their software or their service can help us keep our privacy alive.
Our Lora Bentley decided to throw the question out there to see if anyone else had a different idea. So in a completely unscientific poll of roughly 20 folks who responded to an e-mail, Lora found six who say privacy is alive and three who think it is dead beyond any hope of revival. The more interesting responses came from those who fell somewhere in the middle. Some offer tips for consumers who want to keep their private lives private, others point to what various businesses offer to help do the same. They agree that regulation plays a part, but essentially, they say online privacy is what you make it. You have to decide what you're comfortable disclosing and then do the work required to protect the rest of it.