If Markets are Conversations, does that mean everyone is listening?
However, according to Wikipedia, many Internet privacy experts believe that’s an oxymoron, and that privacy does not exist on the Internet. Wikipedia defines the Internet as “a global network of interconnected computers, enabling users to share information along multiple channels.” So, one could infer that whatever information a user puts out on the Internet is fair game for all to see.
I would agree that information on the Internet is fun – and juicy information is really fun. But, let’s separate information we intend to share versus information that is private, and should be treated as such. I am fully aware that every piece of information I type in this blog, on my Facebook page, on my LinkedIn page, on my MySpace page, etc. will be public domain and information that everyone can see. That’s what the Internet is all about – sharing information. What I don’t agree with is information we do not intend to share – personal information, etc. that we use to register for websites, buy products, etc. – that is used by people we do not grant access. So, the “control” aspect of the Bill I’m 100% in favor of.
But, implementing the Bill of Rights is another story. It may turn into something of “everybody wants, but nobody wants.” Will the very foundation of the Internet be damaged with this Bill? Will social media sites be less alluring with limited personal information? Will less juicy information about people/subjects be less readily available on the Web? This is all subject to debate.
In the meantime, I will be listening to those conversations…
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