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Re: Some Thoughts on Privacy

From: ashok malhotra <ashok.malhotra@oracle.com>
Date: Tue, 17 Jan 2012 14:20:12 -0800
Message-ID: <4F15F41C.5010305@oracle.com>
To: www-tag@w3.org
Yes. we had some good comments from Jonathan and earlier today a note from Karl Dubost in which he promised to write some further thoghts.  So, let's wait a bit -- it would great if Karl followed up and if others weighed in.
All the best, Ashok

On 1/17/2012 2:06 PM, Noah Mendelsohn wrote:
> This is a useful discussion, and I'm inclined to let it run in e-mail awhile. When and if you feel we're ready for telcon discussion, please let me know. Thank you.
> Noah
> On 1/1/2012 11:21 AM, ashok malhotra wrote:
>> Some Thoughts on Privacy
>> The W3C has started a DNT WG. This is good, but it only covers a corner of
>> what I
>> like to call The War on Personal Privacy. There are several other aspects
>> we need
>> to consider.
>> 1. Personal information that people entrust to social networks or other
>> websites with the understanding that it is private or has limited
>> visibility is leaked to others for profit or due to incompetence.
>> 2. Folks collecting information about you without your knowledge or
>> consent. For example, Google trucks driving by your house and capturing
>> your network SSID or cellphones capturing location and other information.
>> 3. Clickjacking and identifying folks by mouse usage patterns, etc. This
>> may be a subcase of the above or perhaps a separate category.
>> What privacy thieves are after is identity and personal information as well
>> as attitudes and preferences for marketing purposes.Studies have shown that
>> it is possible to predict a personís Social Security Number with a fair
>> degree of accuracy based on a few pieces of information.Other studies have
>> shown that sexual and political preferences can be determined from a
>> relatively small amount of behavioral data.
>> What can be done?
>> There seems to be little hope that technical solutions can prevent privacy
>> theft.Encryption, both in transport and storage, can mitigate the situation
>> but does not provide a complete solution.So, what can be done?
>> Weitzner et. al. argue that the only solution is to hold privacy thieves
>> accountable and prosecute if necessary.For this we need stronger
>> laws.Europe has stronger privacy laws than America.Is there a policy
>> statement we can make here?
>> Another solution is a social solution.If your social network divulges your
>> personal information without your consent, make a big fuss, write a blog,
>> make sure the violation is made public and hopefully the practice will
>> stop.Should the W3C encourage such social re-activism?
>> Perhaps the TAG could publish Guidelines for Protecting Your Privacy in the
>> age of Web 2.0.
>> -- 
>> All the best, Ashok
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