The Future Of Privacy: A Little Hope, Plenty of Peril

We live in a society with a fickle understanding of privacy.

On one hand, we’ve been conditioned to think that personal information in government hands is an overt attempt at control, and can only end badly. That same data in private businesses’ hands, though, will only help to serve customers better and is good for everyone.

I spent a number of years working for the United States Bureau of the Census and was often amazed at the resistance to revealing basic personal informa  tion. But these same folks happily provide the same data to Facebook or hand over their social security number to any financial institution.

How can we have privacy when we don’t protect it – much less understand it?

Three Laws of Technology

To understand what risks your personal information faces in the future, consider these three laws of technology:


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