Originally Posted by commodorejohn
Alternatively, we could establish some kind of legal restrictions on whether corporations and government agencies are allowed to collect data and what they're allowed to do with it, and rigorously enforce them. You know, almost like we gave half a shit about the rights of individuals or something.
Naw. That'd be crazy.
Don't get me wrong, I'm with you here but I really think that this particular 'genie' is out of the bottle and I really wonder if it's possible to contain/rein it in.
In this modern world, we need to look at the definition of what 'privacy' truly is. There didn't used to be GPS, CCTV cameras, tracking cookies, 'cloud' storage...when you are surfing the interwebs, is their an expectation of privacy? I'm just asking rhetorical questions here...ones that, IMO need to be addressed in order to move forward with legal/governmental policy.
Holding corporations responsible is a good idea but given just what has occurred with 'big business' in the last decade, I think it's a bit naive to assume that they will give a damn about an individuals privacy. Even if the big companies did suffer penalties for misusing data they harvested, there are plenty of less honorable people that wouldn't think twice about acquiring/using/selling said data. Even if you have the most secure computer system in the world, there will be someone out there who will find a way into it.
Proposing legislation that will hold Apple, Google, et al responsible for 'losing' data maybe a good idea but Apple, Google, etc. will be throwing millions of dollars at it in order to indemnify themselves (and their shareholders) against it.
IMO, while it's possible to fight multiple (political) battles at a time, I think the more important one, at this point in time, is getting money out of politics. Until this happens, getting any other changes are going to be much, much harder if not impossible.