Short of Anonymous

Friday, September 12, 2008


Alissa Cooper, of the Center for Democracy and Technology, says that steps by Google to make data anonymous are encouraging, but that personal info can still slip into the wrong hands and be linked back to a specific person, even if the company means well.

Comments [1]

Chris Gray from New Haven, CT

I remember thinking, as early as the '70s, that just because we hang up a (land-line) telephone doesn't assure that the microphone couldn't be used to eavesdrop. Similarly, I've never doubted that the on-line world's so-called privacy policies were worth the cathode rays with which they are projected. (The phrase "the paper on which they are printed” is a useless anachronism, now.)

So, I never abandoned Yahoo, despite its China policy, nor switch to Firefox as a web browser. If some entity wants to spy on me, it will happen despite any assurances to the contrary.

(A slight revision of the post for the previous segment and probably a better segment for it.)

Sep. 19 2008 02:05 AM

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