Bob Janacek, Chief Technology Officer and Founder, DataMotion: "Online privacy is alive. In today's litigious environment, many businesses worry about losing sensitive or private data - especially via e-mail and files sent across the Internet. Businesses are communicating more and more frequently with their customers and partners via e-mail. In these communications, they are often including private information that, when not protected, could facilitate identity theft or fraud, and leave a company in crisis mode, with costly brand repair work.
Regulations such as HIPAA, Gramm-Leach-Bliley Act (GLBA) and PCI Data Security Standard (PCI DSS) demand that private information in electronic format be protected from hackers and from unauthorized usage. Enterprises need easy methods to encrypt e-mail and files, track their progress from one stage of communication to the next and prove their successful delivery or non-delivery. Yet, secure e-mail and file transfer have been perceived as too difficult to implement and use, and many have resisted what would otherwise have been an obvious next step on the road to a secure network."
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.