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“Your Lack of Privacy Is Someone Else’s Wealth”

Great quote from Jaron Lanier. It just about sums it up. Perhaps "... and/or Power" could be added. But then it's less catchy. This is a great insight. Why do we instinctively feel uncomfortable with invasions of privacy? We often take that as a given, without thinking through what exactly it is that makes us…

Tech in 2020 is looking ever-darker

When I started this blog, I was a lot more excited about upcoming technology than I am now. Much more. Not that technology isn't evolving the way I was expecting; that's going just fine. It is the use of that technology by the Big Guys that worries me. Right now, I have to predict these…

Between US and European Privacy, I prefer the US one

It's common for privacy advocates to claim that European privacy rules are better than US ones. There is some truth to it, but consider this recent experience from my recent trip to Germany, the country where I grew up. I went to the sauna. (First German sauna in 18 years!) So here I'm sweating my…

Germany: Law Requiring Data Retention “In Advance” Unconstitutional

They thought: why not simply requiring everybody to store logs, just in case a crime happens and the authorities would have a much easier time if they could access the logs when they needed them. The German constitutional court disagreed and requires that all such logs be deleted as soon as possible. Link to story…