There has been increased muttering on the web about how little privacy people who connect to the internet really have. I long ago accepted the fact that if a web page can bring up a list of my folders for me to browse, it can see anything it likes on my pc. I've accepted the fact that my email is available for any arbitrary technician at the ISP to read. I know that web pages are tracking me when they offer me free Hebrew Courses (because all Jesus people are interested in online Hebrew!) And so I treat my pc as almost a public space - protected mostly by my insignificance to the world in general.
Here are some interesting links:
From Seth Godin:
No, you don't really have a privacy.
What you care about, I'm guessing, is being surprised. You don't want
to be surprised to discover that the card company is sending you gift
certificates for VD testing because you've been staying at hourly
motels. You don't want to be surprised that a site you've never visited
seems to know an awful lot about your buying habits.
In the New York Times, Charles Duhigg takes a creepy look at
how Target mines its customer data to predict major life-changes, like
pregnancy, so that they can send coupons that guide customers into
thinking of Target as the go-to place for all their prenatal and
And from IOL:
Twitter has admitted harvesting contact lists from its customers’ mobile phone address books without telling them.