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Your Privacy Is a Sci-Fi Fantasy 195

Posted by Soulskill
from the when-education-battles-apathy dept.
snydeq writes "Deep End's Paul Venezia discusses the 'sci-fi fantasy' that is privacy in the digital era. 'The assault on personal privacy has ramped up significantly in the past few years. From warrantless GPS tracking to ISP packet inspection, it seems that everyone wants to get in on the booming business of clandestine snooping — even blatant prying, if you consider reports of employers demanding Facebook passwords prior to making hiring decisions,' Venezia writes. 'What happened? Did the rules change? What is it about digital information that's convinced some people this is OK? Maybe the right to privacy we were told so much about has simply become old-fashioned, a barrier to progress.'"
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Your Privacy Is a Sci-Fi Fantasy

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  • MANDATORY WARNING! (Score:2, Informative)

    by Anonymous Coward on Monday March 26, 2012 @07:19PM (#39479725)
    For those who haven't been following, Burston Marsteller were hired by Facebook to run an anti-Google astroturf campaign. http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2011-05-12/facebook-enlists-pr-firm-burson-marsteller-to-pitch-google-privacy-story.html [bloomberg.com]

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    At all times while reading Slashdot and other tech sites, be aware that you are being manipulated by professional reputation managers.

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