Besides, whether or not you pay attention to what a business claims they’ll do to protect your privacy is rather irrelevant in the long run, if only for one simple reason – privacy policies do not work. At all. Period.
Come on. You don’t think a $5 million dollar class action lawsuit’s really going to hurt LinkedIn, do you? They had an IPO of over $3 billion last year. Yes, I’m aware that an organization’s reputation means quite a bit, as well, but…the problem with social networking is that it tends to ingrain itself in one’s life. Look at how many people hate Facebook. Look at how many people groan about Zuckerberg and how he and his cronies are criminals.
Now, look at how many people cancel their Facebook accounts in protest. Noticing a disparity?
That’s a mistake.
What needs to happen is a serious, structured discourse on the matter. Businesses, consumers, and governments need to essentially have a sitdown, and talk about what’s happening, what shouldn’t happen, and what needs to happen. Maybe then we can develop a few privacy policies that actually work…or at the very least, a new concept that makes them obsolete.
As if they aren’t already.
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