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Paranoia Strikes Deep 1
(November 30, 2005) A couple of weeks ago, Jeff Hunter sent us a pointer to this great Ad Critic simulation of a mixed blessing future of privacy problems. It's worth taking a look at. It's designed to scare older white males.
Then, of course, there's John Battelle's recent screed in the San Jose Mercury News:
Periodically (and the next one is always worse than the last one), the future of privacy issues intersects with our little world of Recruiting. We (meaning everyone who even touches the industry) make our livings buying, selling, trading, brokering, supporting, or writing about transactions that involve huge amounts of personal data. The question is whether or not we should join in the growing paranoia (as evidenced by the Adcritic simulation).
Already, the global legislation regarding the meaning of privacy is a patchwork quilt of conflicting laws that are the real barrier to entry for the large scale software providers. Varying levels of concern are being expressed around the planet. Where labor is cheap, privacy is an irrelevance. Where the status quo is lofty, privacy is a market dynamic.
Even though we're reasonably sure that Google base is a non-event, the service is producing a wave of conspiracy theory and amplified paranoia. Phishing gangs using Monster, CareerBuilder and HotJobs as launch points are working their way into the news feeds. Privacy advocates, scoffed at in their initial attempts are getting second and third hearings.
The question is not whether but how much paranoia is justified?
- John Sumser © TwoColorHat. All Rights Reserved.
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