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Citizens Want Protection – but Not Too Much

  • Citizens Want Protection – but Not Too Much-
    Brit Brogaard, Associate Professor of Philosophy and Psychology at the University of Missouri, Saint Louis: "Online privacy is still very much alive. While many Americans fear centralization and government control if the online privacy rules are strengthened, most are truly concerned about online privacy and want better protection of their personal data. It's not just the threat of identity theft that fuels people's concerns but also the tracking of their online activities by e-companies in order to deliver tailored advertising."
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Citizens Want Protection – but Not Too Much

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    Brit Brogaard, Associate Professor of Philosophy and Psychology at the University of Missouri, Saint Louis: "Online privacy is still very much alive. While many Americans fear centralization and government control if the online privacy rules are strengthened, most are truly concerned about online privacy and want better protection of their personal data. It's not just the threat of identity theft that fuels people's concerns but also the tracking of their online activities by e-companies in order to deliver tailored advertising."
BentleyIs 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.