Reposted from Paul Dunay’s Buzz Marketing for Technology
Drop.io‘s CEO Sam Lessin presented “A Brief History of Privacy in this Data-Deluged World” at the Ignite II kick-off of Web 2.0 in NYC.
I loved Sam’s thought captured in the following quote: “For the first time in history it is now cheaper and easier for people to be public than to be private. What I mean by this is that for thousands of years publishing content about yourself was expensive and time consuming, and privacy was the default state… The web, and specifically the web 2.0 model, is turning that on its head in a very big way…. Even just a few years ago online ‘privacy’ meant little more than protecting your credit card information and identity, now it means thinking about every single thing you say, do, or write, online – and how it will be perceived, saved, and used – now and in the future.”
“In the end, privacy has been central to western civilization forever. It is something that has value. All that is changing is that something that used to come totally naturally is now something people have to both defend and actively invest in maintaining.”
To view his presentation materials, speech transcript and video online at http://drop.io/ignitesam
In June 2006, the U.S. government got a wake-up call: A Department of Veterans Affairs laptop containing personal information on about 26 million current and former military members and their spouses was lost. Not only did the government have a potential breach of privacy to deal with, but it also faced media scrutiny and public criticism. How much damage could result to individuals and to the federal government if personally identifiable information (PII) got into the wrong hands? In this case, fortunately, the data was recovered without compromise. But that’s the exception rather than the rule. In many cases, the consequences of this kind of privacy breach are severe—to the individual and to the organization maintaining the data.
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