Venture capitalist Fred Wilson has some very interesting thoughts on on-line privacy:
There are signs that Washington is gearing up to do something big in the area of online privacy. The FTC put out a report earlier this week and the White House called for a “privacy bill of rights” last month. Both have asked Congress to act on this issue.
I thought I’d lay out some basic thoughts and principals on the data we create, share, and curate on the open Internet.
1 - Our clickstreams, search history, likes, tweets, photos, and so on and so forth is our data and we should have the ability to control it, delete it, and limit how it is used. That seems like a basic right that should be available to everyone who uses the Internet.
2 - Those who do not want to be tracked should have the ability to opt-out of being tracked. The Do Not Track industry self regulation effort (in browsers, ad networks, etc) is long overdue and I hope we see real usable tools soon. The FTC expects these tools by year end. I hope they are right.
More (all 7 points): Some Thoughts On Online Privacy
— Henry Ford
I’ve been shouting about this very subject, myself! Diversify your income!